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 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.

E tū; Saturday event rallying point for public over Cadbury

E tū has welcomed a community initiative to rally support for saving Dunedin’s Cadbury factory and the jobs of its workers.

Neville Donaldson, E tū’s National Industry Strategy Director (Food) says the rally planned for Saturday will be a chance for the public to make its feelings known about the proposal by Mondelez International to close the plant. 

Consultation begins Thursday on proposed Cadbury closure

Today, E tū organisers meet with union members at Cadbury in Dunedin ahead of consultation talks with Cadbury’s management tomorrow.

There are three meetings on site at the Cadbury plant: at 3.15pm, 4.25pm, 5.30pm and a final meeting on Thursday morning at 7am.

E tū forced to withdraw from Mayoral meeting on Cadbury

E tū was forced to withdraw from today’s Mayoral forum on the proposed closure of Dunedin’s Cadbury factory, citing legal concerns.

This afternoon’s meeting, called by Dunedin’s Mayor, Dave Cull, was attended by key local business organisations, Dunedin MPs, and social welfare officials as well as three Mondelez representatives, including Jake Hatton, Mondelēz External Affairs Manager Australia, and NZ.