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6:14 am, September 18th, 2009 - 16 comments
Categories: business, capitalism, class war, Unions, workers' rights - Tags: class warfare, dairy, dairy investment fund, talleys
The Open Country Cheese dispute is underway. Workers are striking against the bosses’ attempts to casualise their hours and reduce their conditions. They are not striking for huge pay increases, despite the lies of Open Country.
Open Country Cheese, part-owned by the notorious Talleys and tied to various National MPs via the Dairy Investment Fund and Kaimai, is fighting very dirty in an attempt to break the workers:
The eight day strike will end next Wednesday, then the company’s six week lockout starts (it would have started earlier, but the company botched the lockout notice). Remember, the company claims that it is the workers putting at risk the plant’s ability to handle milk volumes at the height of milk production but it is the company that is preventing the workers working for six weeks.
Open Country is doing this for one reason and one reason only: to break the workers, force them to de-unionise, bow down, and accept the casualisation of their work and their industry.
There is a picket running from 5.30am to 6pm each day at Waharoa. The Dairy Workers Union will be collecting food and money. There should be a website up soon. These 40-odd workers and their families are going to be under huge pressure in the coming weeks, but together we can help them through. Let’s show Talleys and co we won’t bow down.