Talleys AFFCO – New Zealand’s most Dangerous place to work?

No knight in shining armour: 'Sir' Peter Talley was honoured recently for being mega-wealthy

No knight in shining armour: ‘Sir’ Peter Talley was honoured recently for being mega-wealthy

By Joshua O’Sullivan

Talley’s group is one of the most notorious employers known in the union world. The Talley’s family has made it their personal mission to destroy unionism in New Zealand and they are starting with their own companies. Again the employers are in a dispute with their meat workers, trying to force further cuts in workers benefits and pay.

In Rangiuru, an AFFCO processing plant in Te Puke, Bay of Plenty, the bosses have begun an unofficial lockout trying to force union members onto individual contracts with lower pay and longer hours. Workers have been given just a week to sign – meaning that if they do not sign they cannot return to work the next week. These new contracts contain many of the provisions the company has been trying to force through collective bargaining and the lockouts in 2011.

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Editorial

Our last issue argued that we were facing a bosses’ offensive, as the ruling class, impatient to make the most out of Key and National’s second term, pushed for direct attacks on workers’ rights and conditions….