INDEPENDENT NEWS

Fairton meat workers devastated about proposed plant closure

Published: Wed 17 May 2017 03:40 PM
17th May 2017
Fairton meat workers devastated about proposed plant closure
The Meat Workers Union says that members working at Fairton Meat Works are devastated about today’s announcement proposing to close the plant.
Silver Fern Farms has today announced a two week consultation process and a final decision on the 31st May.
“Despite the workers fearing the worst for months, they always hope for the best” says Graham Cooke, National Secretary of the NZ Meat Workers Union.
“While the Meat Workers Union will engage with the consultation process, we don’t have high hopes of a change in decision by the Company.
“This plant has been progressively run down despite Silver Ferns Farm, CEO Dean Hamilton stating last June that ”…. there has been no decision by the company to do anything differently next year at any plant.”
“This is tragic for these meat workers and the Ashburton community, with the loss of another 300 good jobs in the meat industry.
"It really is time for the industry to get its act together so the workers don’t end up paying the price in these awful situations,” said Mr Cooke.
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

Threat of staff exodus looming in mental health & addictions
By: Platform Trust
New Zealand set to blow its carbon budget by 27%
By: Forest And Bird
Cathedral Working Group report released
By: New Zealand Government
Decision halt collection of client data welcomed
By: Comvoices
New Zealand's embarrassing Blasphemy Law here to stay
By: Humanist Party
Care & support workers’ pay equity bill passes 1st reading
By: New Zealand Government
Greenhouse gas emissions decline
By: New Zealand Government
New Zealand far off track on climate change
By: Green Party
Budget fails to plan for forest future
By: NZ Forest Owners Association
Budget ‘fail’ on local climate change solutions
By: Forest Industry Contractors Association
Vector and Auckland Council partner to light Harbour Bridge
By: Joint Press Release
Students Occupy University Clocktower
By: Fossil Free Auckland
Native forests absorbing more carbon dioxide
By: NIWA
Prime Minister Unable to Justify Carbon Tax
By: New Zealand First Party
Scope of multi-use arena study released
By: New Zealand Government
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media