May 23, 2013
Attack continues on unionists
Wairoa meat workers are protesting what they say is discrimination against union members in deciding end-of-season layoffs.
Meatworkers Union organiser Eric Mischefski says while the intervention of iwi leaders got Affco workers back on the job last year, the company is continuing its anti-union behaviour.
He says the protest is also aimed at the Employment Relations Amendment Bill now before Parliament, which is seen as a gift to Affco owners – the Talley family.
Ngāti Kahungunu Chair, Ngahiwi Tomoana, has revealed iwi leaders threatened to withhold stock from the family company.
Affco Operations Manager, Rowan Ogg, denies any discrimination against union members.
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