From the CTU media release:
Supporters of the locked out ANZCO CMP meat workers will fundraise outside of McDonalds nationwide this Saturday 3 December.
New Zealand Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly says fundraising events will be held from Whangarei to Dunedin with locked out workers joining Auckland, Hamilton, Wanganui, Bulls, Feilding, Palmerston North, and Wellington events.
“Supporters from across New Zealand are banding together to raise money for the locked out ANZCO CMP workers and their families this Saturday,” Helen Kelly says. “We’ll be giving the workers solidarity as well as asking McDonald’s to ensure the families values they purport to uphold apply to their entire supply chain, including ANZCO, one of their meat patty suppliers.”
ANZCO foods locked out 100 workers from their CMP Rangitikei plant on October 19 for refusing to accept pay cuts of up to 20%, shift changes and cuts in allowances.
ANZCO is a primary supplier of meat patties to McDonalds.
Helen Kelly says the locked out workers have offered to sacrifice 10% of their pay despite their average annual income only being around $45,000, with the lowest on $23,000. But ANZCO, a multinational with an annual turnover of $1.2 billion, and its CEO Sir Graeme Harrison, want bigger cuts.
“This is not the first time workers have helped the company, workers accepted a wage freeze when the company first opened,” she says.
List of protest sites/times:
10:00: McDonalds Whangarei, Bank Street
10:00: McDonalds Lincoln Rd, CNR Lincoln Rd & Moselle Ave
11:00: McDonalds Grey Lynn, 102-112 Great North Road
12:00: McDonalds Five cross roads, 231 Peach Grove Road
12:00: McDonalds Tauranga at CNR 11th Ave & Cameron Road
11:00: McDonalds New Plymouth on Cnr Eliott and Leach Sts
11:00: McDonalds Palmerston North, Cnr Rangitikei & Featherston Sts
1:00: McDonalds Bulls, 95 Bridge St, Bulls
1:00: McDonalds Feilding, 78 Kimbolton Rd
1:00: McDonalds Levin, Cnr Stanley & Oxford Sts
1:00: McDonalds Wanganui, 314 Victoria Street
Lower and Upper Hutt
11:00: McDonalds Petone, 29 Victoria Street
12:00: McDonalds Manners Mall, 55 Manners Street
11:00 – McDonalds Greymouth, 57 Tainui Street
10:00 – Banner making at Occupy Corner.
11:00: McDonalds Riccarton, CNR Riccarton Rd & Matipo St, Riccarton
10:00: McDonalds George St Dunedin, 232 George Street