22 Nov 2011

Key says Government has done what it can for Hillside Workshop

9:10 pm on 22 November 2011

National Party leader John Key says the Government has done all it can to support KiwiRail and its Hillside Workshop in Dunedin.


In August this year, the company announced 44 redundancies at the engineering workshop and last week workers passed a motion of no-confidence in their managers.

Mr Key campaigned in Dunedin on Tuesday but did not visit the workshop in South Dunedin which now employs about 130 people.

He says the National-led Government has supported Kiwi Rail, but the company must get on and run its own operation.

Asked if workers at Hillside might have wanted to have him to visit on Tuesday, Mr Key said it was not possible to stop off at every organisation during the day trip, which included a public walkthrough at Meridian Mall in the central city.

"In the end, like all workers in the country, they'll reflect on what National's done and they'll have their own take on whether they think it's been good enough."

Labour Party leader Phil Goff is scheduled to visit Hillside Workshop during his visit to Dunedin on Thursday.