As long as it takes....

More than anything, Meat Workers Union members employed by AFFCO-Talley’s want a union collective agreement.  They went through a harrowing 84 day lockout in 2012 to get their last union agreement settled, and they don’t want to go through that again. But it's hard going.  

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Countdown to Talley's negotiations

Bargaining for more than 1000 Meat Workers Union members with AFFCO Talley's is coming up on 11th February.  This will be the 10th day of negotiations since the agreement expired in December 2013 and workers are rightly concerned.  Your messages of support are giving them and their bargaining team a lot of heart. Keep them coming! Tell Talley's workers you're on their side here.

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Tell Talleys workers you support them

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. 

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2015 - a big year ahead

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.  

Sign up to this site and we will be in touch. 


We're on our way!

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.



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Time for Jobs that Count in the Meat Industry

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.

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Worker immunity critical to safety in Meat Industry

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.

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Apprehension for meat workers as employment law bill passes

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.


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Labour Day good time to talk about job security for meat workers

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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