“…Supermarket giant Woolworths is the latest to transfer jobs across the Tasman, shifting 40 contact centre jobs to Auckland this week.
Imperial Tobacco has also said it will move cigarette manufacturing from Sydney to New Zealand.
The companies are following in the footsteps of the food production industry, which has been shifting jobs out of Australia to take advantage of New Zealand’s lower wages.
Heinz Australia recently scrapped more than 300 jobs across three states in favour of its large plant in Hastings.
According to the International Labour Organisation, Australian manufacturing workers earned more than US$35 an hour in 2008.
In New Zealand, the rate is under US$20 an hour..”
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