By Eric Mischefski - NZ Meat Workers Union Organiser - Hawkes Bay
During the previous 5 weeks isolation under Covid 19, level 4, most meat processing plants and their downstream industries have continued to operate, albeit in reduced capacity, due to protocols around self-distancing and regulations determined by the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI).
Most of the workers in these facilities adapted and got on with their jobs, acknowledging a degree of risk existed in doing so. A minority of workers were unable to work due to underlying health issues or childcare responsibilities.
The NZ Meat Workers Union (MWU) has been front and centre working with industry players like Ministry for Primary Industries (PI), the Meat Industry Association (MIA) and the government to enable processing to continue.Read more
Never before, in our history have we as working people and NZers faced a threat like that of COVID-19. MWU is working on the front line to support our members in an essential industry. We know there are so many questions and we will keep you up to date as much as possible. Today, here's our newsletter.Read more
As the coronavirus threat expands MWU is working to ensure our members are safe, and also Meat Companies work with us.
At this time of the year, nominations are called for many positions, including on-site leaders in MWU sites. Every three years, there is also an election for our MWU National Secretary. See here for how members can be involved.