21 May 2021

Budget 2021: Hillside railway workshops coming back to life

From Morning Report, 8:46 am on 21 May 2021

People in Dunedin are delighted to see the Hillside railway workshops coming back to life - the Budget has earmarked $85 million to build a wagon assembly plant. 

The workshops effectively closed in 2012 with about 90 people losing their jobs - there was a 20 million dollar boost two years ago to upgrade them and now an expansion plan.

The government says it's part of its promise to rebuild manufacturing in this country and these locals are right behind it. Critics on the right are less impressed comparing it to communist run Polish shipyards.

Railways and Maritime Union national secretary Wayne Butson spoke to Susie Ferguson.