WORKERS NEED SECURE HOURS, JOBS & INCOMES / PORTS VICTORY / MEAT LOCKOUT

23 Apr

WORKERS NEED SECURE HOURS, SECURE JOBS, SECURE INCOMES
Some major employers are running an attack against the conditions of working people throughout the country. The Ports of Auckland employers and Talley’s-owned AFFCO bosses both say that they want greater ‘flexibilisation’.
When these types of employers say they want flexibilisation they don’t mean that hours of work should be made more flexible in a way that suits workers. The flexibilisation they speak of is the type that means workers have to scramble for hours, compete for hours, and ring in over the phone to see if there is work for them. When they say flexibilisation they mean ‘casualisation’.
Our union in particular has a strong record of campaigning against casualisation because we set out to organise amongst many types of workplaces that have became more casualised since the 1990s.Our position is clear. Our members need secure hours of work each week, our members need secure jobs that can’t be unfairly taken away from them, and members need income security for if they are in a situation where they don’t have a job.
We will continue with our objective of opposing casualisation with campaigns and negotiations. Over the next period working people need to be very astute to protect income and conditions. It starts here with supporting union initiatives at your workplace and another big part of this is supporting other workers whose employers are attempting to casualise them.

PORTS WORKERS VICTORY IS A VICTORY FOR ALL WORKERS
Auckland Port workers were able to beat back a Port company attempt to sack the entire workforce and replace them with contract workers on much worse wages and conditions.
In the process they wanted to destroy the union that represents port and maritime workers. If the bosses had succeeded all workers would have been put on the back foot. That is why there was tremendous international and national solidarity with the port workers.
The bosses were having difficulty getting any ship loaded in Auckland or unloaded anywhere else in the world. The struggle continues with the company saying it still wants to contract out jobs and achieve greater flexibilisation. Upon return to the workplace union members were told they weren’t allowed to display union logos but members are standing strong.

ALLEYS-AFFCO LOCKOUT NEARS TWO MONTHS
The Talley’s family acquired 100% ownership of AFFCO in 2011. Many AFFCO workers say that they were expecting trouble when they heard Talley’s had made a successful bid.
That’s because Talley’s has an extremely anti-union history. It includes lobbying for changes which led to the 1991 Employment Contracts Act 1991, illegally using scab labour during a lockout in its Open Country Cheese factory in the Waikato, and asserting that men are better for filleting fish while women are more suited to pole dancing after they lost an equal opportunity employment case.
Just under 1000 AFFCO meat workers have been locked out at nine North Island plants. As with last year’s CMP/ANZCO lockout, the union had not taken strike action – the company has simply locked out the workers because they don’t want to accept significant cut-backs against their conditions. This is the type of employer aggression that does serious damage to whole communities. Union workers who haven’t been locked out have taken limited strikes to put pressure on the employer. In order to win the dispute the workers need money to sustain themselves.
We encourage members to give what they can afford via one of the following methods of payment: You can give a quick $5 by calling: 0900 562 5688 (0900 LOCKOUT). One-off and regular donations can be made directly to a Kiwi Bank dispute fund. The account name is ‘NZCTU Disputes Fund’ and the number is 38 9007 0894028 08

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One Response to “WORKERS NEED SECURE HOURS, JOBS & INCOMES / PORTS VICTORY / MEAT LOCKOUT”

  1. Toni Skelton April 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    This sounds all too familiar… Chicago 1920’s. The Great Depression. WTF is New Zealand coming to? If you took a survey, and asked anyone, anywhere in the world, what they think of Kiwis, they will tell you, hard working, tough, great sense of humour, generous and multi-talented. Corporations are drilling holes through the core of our being, our history. How dare they reduce our hard workers, our trained workers, back to the cut-throat times of the Great Depression. Kill or be killed. Feed your family or die trying. It’s despicable.

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