Pen manufacturer Bic is considering closing its manufacturing plant in Auckland, New Zealand.
TVNZ reports that the company is holding a one-week consultation period with staff about the possibility of moving production overseas and importing pens to New Zealand.
Such a move would mean that an expected 19 jobs would be lost from the company’s Auckland factory by early next year.
According to Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union industry organiser Louisa Jones, the closure would have a huge impact on the staff, many of whom have been with the company for a long time.
"It's going to be very hard to find similar work given the state the manufacturing sector is in. Over the last four years, 40,000 manufacturing jobs have disappeared and we know from experience that many of these workers have ended up in low paid, insecure service jobs," Jones said.
"These are the people who have made Bic's product and built its brand in New Zealand over the last four decades, and they deserve to be treated right."