More than 1000 MWU members who work for AFFCO Talleys have been trying to get a fair agreement for more than a year now.
No-one wants to see a repeat of three years ago, when these workers were locked out for 84 days by this company.
But time’s running out! From 6th March the new employment laws will make it easier for employers to walk away from negotiations, and let them pay new workers less, even where there is a union on the job.Read more
Now the New Year is here, Meat Workers will be stepping up their campaign, Jobs that Count.
You will see the campaign around the country in the coming months, but we want to hear from you.
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The launch of the Jobs that Count campaign got the message out there. Meat Workers are standing up for secure jobs in this industry. Seasonal work, zero hours contracts, Casual, temporary and contracted work are all combining to make it harder for Kiwi workers to earn a living and meat workers face this every day.
As we celebrate the season with our families, and fire up the barbies, remember, the meat workers too. Our campaign is about our jobs, our whanau, communities and all of us. There's big challenges ahead in 2015, and you'll be hearing more from us.
Meanwhile, happy holiday season to you and yours.
Wednesday 17th December 2014
The NZ Meat Workers Union will launch a new national campaign to highlight job insecurity in the Meat Industry this afternoon in Palmerston North.
“Meat Workers face it all”, says Graham Cooke, National Secretary.
“Seasonal work, dangerous jobs, casual and zero hours contracts, and increasing pressure on workers to join non-union individual agreements.
“As if that’s not enough, the government’s recent Employment Law changes mean meat workers will face a tougher time settling collective agreements and earning a decent living.Read more
Thursday, 27 November 2014, 3:37 pm
The Meat Workers Union has today urged the Select Committee hearing submissions on the Health & Safety Reform bill to strengthen provisions that protect the rights of workers to be involved and speak out, saying that it’s becoming increasingly unsafe to raise health and safety concerns in some companies.Read more
Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 9:31 am
The passing of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill today will send a wave of apprehension through the workers in the NZ meat industry says the Meat Workers Union.
26 October 2014
This year’s 114th celebration of Labour Day highlights how much security of employment has gone backwards for meat workers in recent years, says Graham Cooke, National Secretary of the Meat Workers Union.
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