The Talleys and National Party-linked Open Country Cheese is currently trying to run its factory without its workers as it attempts to bust the union and casualise its workforce.
They’ve said they’re running the factory (arguably illegally) with local farmers and strike-breakers flown in from other parts of the country. Problem is, these people aren’t trained properly to do the work and the result is major environmental damage.
As Dairy Workers Union secretary James Ritchie told NZPA:
“Environmental management is a critical part of any dairy operation but OCC wants to drive production at any cost,” he said.
“Today the environmental ponds overflowed with deactivated sludge and poured into the river. The sludge tanks need to be managed by trained staff and is a critical part of the manufacturing process. Normally the sludge is collected by trucks and spread on farms, but we found out this morning that it had been poured directly into the Waitoa river.”
Environment Waikato had been notified of the damage, while the company is refusing to comment.
Given its long record of environmental damage, breach of labour rights and political corruption I’m strongly of the opinion that the Talleys should be stripped of their right to engage in business in New Zealand. We’re better off without them.