May 04, 2015
Labour wants iwi repeat in meat industry talks
Labour’s Maori caucus hopes iwi leaders can again put pressure on giant food conglomerate Talleys in support of meat workers.
Maori development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says about 1000 union members at former Affco sites now owned by Talleys are in employment negotiations.
This includes at Horotiu in her Hauraki-Waikato electorate, Napier, Wairoa, Rangiuru, Wiri and Moerewa.
During the last negotiations Talleys locked out workers for 89 days until the Iwi Leaders Forum stepped in.
"It was the collective interests of iwi in their fisheries relationships with Talleys that was brought to bear in terms of trying to find a way forward. So the Maori caucus has written an open letter to the iwi leaders saying that we would work constructively with them to put pressure on Talleys to act in a fair way in terms of the employment conditions of meat workers," Ms Mahuta says.
Copyright © 2015, UMA Broadcasting Ltd: www.waateanews.com