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.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.
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.Read more
Seasonal lay-offs are starting for AFFCO Talley's workers, but they still don't have a fair agreement.
But there's a way you can help.
It's bad enough that Talley's want to cut the minimum weekly pay by more than $100 and have their workers work longer days for less, but they have now added 8 new things they want the workers to agree to as well.Read more