The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions has just launched its new digital campaigning site – Together
And their first campaign has been emailed out by Bertie Ratu – meatworker and a union member.
My name’s Bertie Ratu – and if my employer Talley’s had their way, I wouldn’t be able to send you this email. They’re taking legal action to gag me and my workmates. They want to stop us from talking about why we want a fair deal.
And that’s not all – they’ve unlawfully stopped us coming to work, suspended us for wearing union t-shirts, and too many of our mates are getting seriously injured at work.
Sir Peter Talley runs his company hands-on. He’s refused to listen to us, but he’ll listen to the people in his community, who buy his products. It was his work in business and the community that got him his knighthood, after all.
Talley’s have done very well out of us. When he got knighted, Sir Peter himself said “we’ve been fortunate to work with some really passionate people in some exciting industries and have some fun and success along the way.” We think he should recognise the people who helped with that success and negotiate with them decently.
Meat worker and MWU member