The Supreme Court has dismissed AFFCO Talleys final appeal to the Supreme Court and agreed that hundreds of AFFCO workers were unlawfully locked out.
To quote the Court ;
"In this case, those seeking work had previously worked for AFFCO and were owed a number of continuing obligations as to re-hiring, even though their employment had terminated at the end of the previous season and they were seeking to be re-engaged for the new season. This meant that the relationship between AFFCO and the workers was sufficiently close as to bring the latter within the scope of the word “employees” in s 82(1)(b)."
The Meat Workers Union welcomes the decision and hopes that we can now address the significant losses workers sustained, and in doing so, move forward in a more positive relationship.