AFFCO Talley workers – unlawful lockout take 2

Media Release - New Zealand Meat Workers Union

Three years after the Talley’s owned AFFCO Meat works locked out workers for 89 days at all of its North Island plants, meat workers at their site in Rangiuru are preparing to argue in court that the company is trying to lock them out again.

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Lockout or knockout?

It’s only a couple of weeks since the head of the Talley’s Group, Sir Peter Talley, was knighted for services to business and philanthropy.  But you have to wonder what the thousands of years of collective service of hard working union members in the Talley’s owned meat works at Rangiuru count for with the latest action by Sir Peter’s company AFFCO.

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A little respect goes a long way

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.  

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Bill's 7th budget - bet it makes no difference

The 7th budget delivered by Finance Minister Bill English for the National Government could deliver for meat workers if there was a bit of imagination around the Cabinet table.  Meat Workers, the hard working people who help make one of our most important export industries successful have a couple of ideas, if only the government were willing to listen. 

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When a tea break is not a tea break

Tea breaks were in the news recently when the National Government's anti-worker laws changed.  The Meat Industry Association that represents most meat companies supported the changes to "more flexible rest and meal breaks".  The latest  Employment Authority decision between the NZMWU and Lean Meats shows just what can happen when proper breaks are substituted with "compensatory measures" instead of a proper break.

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Shocking Tactics by Bully Employer

Media Release : NZ Meat Workers Union


Campbell Live’s exposure of the bully tactics of a New Zealand employer, Talley’s owned AFFCO comes as no surprise says Graham Cooke, National Secretary of the Meat Workers Union.

“Roberta Ratu (Bertie), a Meat Workers Union member has bravely spoken out about her experience of asking her local MP for help. The reaction with threats about her future employment is typically over the top.

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Stand with Bertie

How would you feel if you contacted your local MP about a work issue and had your job threatened?  That's what happened to Bertie, a MWU Delegate and Butcher at Rangiuru who was threatened because she had the temerity to contact her local MP, Te Ururoa Flavell.

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Meet Melissa - MWU member going places

Melissa Cosgrove is a seasonal meat worker, working in between her study at Victoria University.  She's just been elected Young Labour's Affiliates Rep, which means she is the official voice for young workers in the Labour Party Union affiliates group.  

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MWU conference speaks out on Talley's

Meat Workers Union delegate leaders at the National Conference have reiterated their strong support for their workmates employed by the Talley's Group with a strongly worded resolution and an unequivocal message.

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The big lay-off - zero hours in the Meat Industry

Right now, many meat workers are facing lay offs at the end of the season.  It starts with shorter days, then one shift gets laid off, then the next.  While some workers will work nearly all year round, most won't.  

What has provided a measure of protection for workers is the system of seniority - where those who have been at the plant longest get laid off last and get taken on first. 

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