A win for workers at the Wairoa freezing works with a lockout ruled illegal:
Wairoa meat workers lock out deemed illegal
A lockout of Wairoa freezing workers who refused to sign individual contracts has been deemed illegal.
The Employment Court issued a statement on Tuesday saying the AFFCO plant unlawfully breached the Employment Act by locking out 170 staff who refused to sign new individual contracts.
It also said AFFCO, owned by Talley’s, failed to act in good faith towards the workers while collective bargaining was still in progress.
The Meat Workers Union, which has been negotiating for the workers, labelled the decision a “victory”.
The union would be looking closely at the full decision, expected to be released on Wednesday, and it would consider all remedies including compensation.
The Wairoa meatworkers have won their dispute against AFFCO. Full ruling out tomorrow. Here's the podcast about them https://t.co/EK66Fym8Y8
— John Campbell (@JohnJCampbell) November 17, 2015
Well worth a listen. Made me think twice about buying anything with a Talleys brand on it. https://t.co/WlnU6FEl4Z
— Bernard Hickey (@bernardchickey) November 17, 2015