Welcome to Meat Union Aotearoa Branch
New Zealand Meat Workers Union represents the interests of workers in the meat and related industries, which include abattoir worker, boner, butcher, casing worker, chamber hand, fellmonger, filleter, freezer hand, freezing worker, hides and pelt worker, labourer, lamb boner, lamb cutter, loco drivers, meat worker, poultry worker, rendering worker, sheep boner, slaughter floor labourer, slaughter man, stockyard worker, venison worker, wool puller, worker butchers , butchers, slaughterers, boners, small goods makers, wrapper packers, workers in abattoirs, boning rooms, slaughter houses small goods makers, wrapper packers, workers in abattoirs, boning rooms, slaughter houses, retail shops, supermarkets, small goods factories, wholesalers, caterers, by-products and rendering plants, meat markets, pre-packing areas, runner processors and various others sectors of the meat and by-product industry such as drivers and sales people and others.
Our commitment is to highlight significant challenges workers face in their daily work life. We endeavour to protect and represent the interests of workers in a number of ways – through its representative group, the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (CTU), and on an individual union basis, the union movement lobbies government to pass laws to protect workers’ rights in regard to industrial relations, occupational health and safety, workers compensation and various other related matters.
The highest body of the union consists of the union's General Secretary, President, the Branch Secretaries, the branch organisers and plant shed officials representing members from each plant.