Simon Oosterman and Helen Kelly are trying to take New Zealand back to the sixties and seventies. The ideological battle they are fighting is doing their union members no favours.
Locked-out and striking North Island meatworkers have arrived at the Talley family’s Motueka homes in a bid to tell the freezing work owners how their communities have been ripped apart.
Thirty-three locked-out workers and three children travelled to Nelson last night from each of the Talley’s eight North Island Affco plants in Moerewa; Wiri, Auckland; Horotiu, near Hamilton; Rangiuru, near Te Puke; Napier; Wairoa; Feilding and Whanganui for the protest.
They represent the 1300 locked out and striking workers who have been without pay since February 29.
After this morning’s protest outside the Talley family’s Motueka homes, the group will return to Nelson to be joined by 200 workers from a Nelson fishing company for a noon protest march in Trafalgar St, which will end with speeches at the Church Steps.
Word from inside the union is that disgrunted workers are leaving the union in their hundreds to sign on to new contracts that pay them about 5% more that what they are currently earning. Perhaps the Meatworkers Union should concentrate on properly filing their accounts rather than disturbing the peace in Motueka.