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AFFCO demands an attack on Maori

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The Council of Trade Unions runanga is describing the Talley Group’s demands for its AFFCO meatworks as kick in the face for Maori workers and their communities.

CTU vice president Maori Syd Keepa says the 2012 lock-out was only settled after the intervention of iwi leaders, and now Talley’s is back to its union-busting tactics.

Negotiations with the Meatworkers Union have dragged on for 15 months, and the company is now demanding zero hours contracts and an agreement that means workers get $100 less a week while working longer hours.

Mr Kepa says that will have a huge impact on towns like Moerewa and Wairoa.

Syd Keepa says well paid workers would be happier and more productive, and their wages would boost economic activity in their communities.
 

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