Our Manufacturing sector has 8,500 members covered by 264 collective agreements.

We represent workers in metals manufacturing, chemical manufacturing, and appliance and industrial maintenance as well as the automotive industry.

Our sector also includes workers in plastics manufacturing, covering blow moulding, injection moulding, extrusion, rotational moulding, and flexible and rigid packaging and printing.

E tū members work at Fisher & Paykel, NZ Steel, BP service stations, Sealed Air, Alto Packaging, OI New Zealand, the Tiwai aluminium smelter, and Fletcher Building.

We bargain for two of E tū’s biggest multi‐employer collective agreements, the Metals and Manufacturing MECA and Plastics MECA. These agreements consistently set the bar for wages and conditions in the manufacturing sector.

In 2012 we drove the Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing, convened by Labour, the Greens, NZ First and Mana in response to the manufacturing crisis in New Zealand.

The final report recommended strong government action on the high New Zealand dollar at the time, buying Kiwi made and investing in research and development to drive innovation.

Read the final report of the manufacturing inquiry. [link]

If you’re in the manufacturing industry, join E tū for a fair deal at work.

International affiliations

We’re affiliated with the global union IndustriALL and work closely with the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union and Australian Workers’ Union

E tū seeks answers over Prices Foundry closure

E tū which represents workers at Prices Foundry in Thames says it will be working alongside its members as they deal with the aftermath of yesterday’s closure.

Workers were called to a meeting yesterday afternoon and E tū understands they were told the firm had gone into voluntary liquidation.

E tū Organiser, Myles Leeson says the union’s priority is the welfare and support of the workers.

E tū extremely disappointed with MBIE report on cheap Chinese steel

E tū is extremely disappointed with a report which has found there is little evidence of steel dumping in New Zealand by China.

The report details the findings of an enquiry by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment into a complaint by NZ Steel that imported Chinese galvanised steel coil is subsidised, making it hard for New Zealand steel producers to compete.

The report found no evidence of anything more than “minimal” subsidies, with the government announcing it won’t act on the complaint.

Strike looming over poverty wages and miserable pay offer at Etel Limited

Workers at Auckland company, Etel Limited will take strike action tomorrow in protest over the company’s miserable pay offer. Etel, which manufactures power transformers is owned by power company, Unison which last year made a profit of $24.6 million. Workers have been offered a pay rise of just 40 cents an hour – compared with a 5% pay rise over 2 years recently agreed for Unison’s own workers. 

E tū disappointed with Cadbury closure; hopeful of some continued production

E tū says it is extremely disappointed though not surprised by Mondelez International’s decision to close the Dunedin Cadbury factory.

Neville Donaldson, E tū Strategic Director Food says the closure will mean hundreds of job losses and is a bitter blow for its members at Cadbury, and for Dunedin itself. 

Petition to save Cadbury goes global

The petition to save the Dunedin Cadbury factory and the jobs of its workers has gone global.

A local petition/open letter has been circulating online since last Friday and has attracted more than 8000 signatures.

Another petition, launched by the International Food Union, which has joined the campaign to save the factory has attracted another 4000 signatures.