Lockout threatens New Zealand toilet paper supply

By Ben McKay
The Newcastle Herald
August 28, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

NEW ZEALAND — Australian-based head offices are swept up in two industrial disputes in New Zealand, one of which could lead to a toilet paper shortage. Health and hygiene giant Essity and Australian packaging and recycling business Visy have been unable to agree terms for new deals with Kiwi workers. In Kawerau, around 145 mill workers have been locked out and stood down indefinitely by owners Essity. The mill supplies a majority of New Zealand’s toilet paper, and Pulp and Paper Union Kawerau secretary Tane Phillips said the impasse could see Kiwis run short. “We’re the only place that actually makes it from scratch in New Zealand,” he said. The mill is the major employer in Kawerau – an inland Bay of Plenty town – and produces roughly 70 per cent of New Zealand’s toilet paper. …While strikes are not uncommon in New Zealand, lockouts are rare.

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