Happy Labour Day - don't call us - we'll call you

Labour Day marks the struggle for an eight-hour working day. New Zealand workers were among the first in the world to claim this right when, in 1840, the carpenter Samuel Parnell won an eight-hour day in Wellington. Today, what does this mean for Meat Workers?

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John Campbell on Wairoa workers

John Campbell went to Wairoa to talk to the AFFCO Talleys workers who are now in their fourth week of being locked out of their jobs because they won't sign oppressive new individual agreements.  


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Silver Fern Farms sell-off doesn't get government off the hook

Media Release :

The Meat Workers Union says that the sell-off of half of New Zealand’s largest meat company to foreign interests is a result of a failure of government leadership on other options.
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Help AFFCO Talley's workers in Wairoa

Talley's Wairoa workers are holding out against signing an unfair individual agreement.  You can help them :  Go to this page to find out where to donate.


AFFCO Talleys workers at Wairoa say enough

Around 250 members of the NZ Meat Workers Union in Wairoa are saying no to the unlawful lockout tactics of their employer, AFFCO Talley’s, by refusing to accept punitive individual agreements as a precondition to returning to work after the seasonal lay-off.

Wairoa is the fourth AFFCO plant to experience this process in the last three months, after AFFCO Talleys walked when AFFCO Talleys walked away from mediation around renewal of the collective agreement and sought to have the Employment Authority end the bargaining. 

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It's pretty simple really

When workers get together with other workers, they find they have a whole lot in common.  They find strength in one another, they draw hope and solidarity from their shared experiences.  This is why workers are in unions. This is why AFFCO Talleys workers came together over the last weekend with CTU leaders, other union's members and the CTU Runanga. And they went away with a strong message : solidarity : it can't be beaten.  


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Talley way not the Kiwi way

The Talley family are one of New Zealand’s wealthiest families. Their operations include Seafood, Frozen vegetables, Dairy and Meat. One of their family, Peter Talley was recently knighted for services to business and the community.  

But this company has a checkered employment relations history going back to the early 1990's. In 2012 they locked out workers in their AFFCO meat plants for 84 days. Families and kids suffered, and it was only the support of unions, communities and iwi that got them through. But now it's happening all over again.

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Stand together

The Meat Workers Union will stand with Talleys meat workers at AFFCO and SPM as long as it takes. We welcome the involvement of Iwi and the support that continues to gather pace.

Its been a hard few days. Talleys AFFCO have chucked everything at union members with all the tricks in the union busting playbook. But if anything, it's strengthened the resolve of unions, workers and communities to stand together.

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Talley's AFFCO workers to strike

Media Release

A rally at Parliament next Tuesday will support 1000 members of the New Zealand Meat Workers Union at eight AFFCO plants in the North Island who have voted overwhelmingly to take strike action next week. 

The decision comes after the Talley’s owned company walked away from mediation last week and applied to end bargaining under the government’s new employment laws – the first such application since the law came into effect.

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There comes a time

There comes a time when we have to say enough.

When workers are treated like chattels with no right to have any say - we should say enough.

When workers are getting hurt at work because of increasing demands - we should say enough.

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