Across the Tasman, the bad news for Lane Walker Rudkin workers has come early.
The Courier-Mail in Sydney has reported that sixty workers at Lane Walker Rudkin's Brisbane sportswear factory have been told that their jobs are likely to go.
Queensland Secretary of the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union, Jack Morel, said workers have been told the company doesn't have the money to pay their entitlements.
Morel said workers may get some money under the federal government's General Employee Entitlements and Redundancy scheme if the company couldn't pay.
Morel says that the receivers have informed him that they plan to allow the factory to keep trading for five weeks and then they will sell the building.
'I don't see any point in that. I don't think they'll get a buyer in this current economic climate,' commented Morel.
Obviously the Australian developments are not a good omen for workers at LWR'S Christchurch factory.