Talley’s AFFCO will lockout a further 250 meat workers indefinetly from
next Tuesday 6 March.
Unaffected New Zealand Meat Workers Union (MWU) will strike in solidarity
with the workers on Tuesday similar to Friday’s protests which saw over
1,000 workers striking.
Workers at the meat processing plant in Rangiuru, near Te Kuiti, will join
750 workers locked out last Wednesday at Moerewa, Horotiu, Rangiuru,
Feilding, Whanganui and Wairoa. No workers have been locked out at Wiri
and Napier which are both fully unionised.
Meat Workers Union AFFCO Rangiuru site president, Kaipara McGarvey, says
the lock out at his site doesn’t apply to 170 union members and 130
non-union members, most of whom were recently employed.
“The company is trying to split families as well as coworkers and now they
want to create division at Rangiuru too,” he says. “Yesterday we saw
parents striking in solidarity with their locked out kids and coworkers
standing up for their mates and we’ll do it again next Tuesday.”
Meat Worker’s Union General Secretary, Dave Eastlake, says union members
started a work ban on training replacement labour for locked out workers
“It only took Tally’s AFFCO 10 hours of face-to-face negotiations before
they locked out workers without thought for our families, the local
buisinesses which rely on our incomes and the farmers who supply the
stock,” he says. “We want the locked lifted immediately and for
negotiations to continue.”
Mr Eastlake says non-union members, most of whom were employed in the few
weeks, have been supportive with a number joining the union yesterday.