Union calls for mediation ahead of indefinite lockout [New Zealand]

Author: ONE News, Published on: 26 February 2012

The union representing 762 meat workers set to be locked out by their employer is calling for a mediation session to resolve the issue…Meat Workers Union…said the company is trying to "starve workers" into accepting major changes to its collective employment agreement…Affco said in a statement that the company wants employment agreements similar to those its competitors enjoy…"We cannot and will not accept the productivity destroying arrangements proposed by the Union. Most of our competition do not have to contend with such restrictions."…The Green Party is calling…Affco's plan to lockout 762 workers from five sites "an appalling reaction to its disagreement regarding workers' rights"…Dariel Fenton [Labour’s spokesperson for labour issues] said…"There appears to be a growing determination among some employers to casualise and deunionise their workplaces, as we are seeing at the Ports of Auckland."

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Related companies: AFFCO