Workers at Bradken in Dunedin face a more secure new year, as
extra work has resulted in a return to a five-day week.
The move comes after 64 of its 68 staff moved to a four-day
week in August, after it missed out on a Kiwirail tender to
supply railway couplers, a mechanism used for connecting
At the time Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union
organiser Mike Kirwood said the decision to award the tender
to a United States-based company was another blow to the
Dunedin and New Zealand economy.
Bradken manufacturing manager Darren Sparg this week
confirmed staff had been working a five-day week since last
''It's just the work has picked up in general, which is
good,'' Mr Sparg said.
He declined to comment on a suggestion Bradken had recently
employed some redundant Hillside workers, instead directing
queries to the company's head office in Australia, which did
not return calls.
Bradken, which has a 48-year history in Dunedin, agreed to
lease KiwiRail's Hillside foundry late last year and took it
over on February 1.