Some people might think the Meat Workers Union is obsessed with Talley's.
That's probably because the work representing our members in the Talley's owned companies, including AFFCO, Land Meats and South Pacific Meats take up a great deal more time than that of any other meat company in New Zealand.
The NZ Meat Workers Union has a long history and relationship with employers and other players in the Meat Industry.
These companies have high union density and good delegate structures. Their employers don't try to block union access, enable union members to meet on the job, and respect the delegates.
We don't always agree, but it's accepted that there is a legitimate role for the union in meat companies and it can be an advantage to have the organised input of your workers through a union.
There are big issues facing the meat industry. These can't be resolved without workers' voices - the voice of those who actually do the work and know the industry backwards.
A little bit of respect goes a long way.