REPORTS

AFFCO Status Report

18th March 2013

STATUS REPORT RE: ONGOING EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS WITH AFFCO.

On Sunday the 17th of March a meeting of all union shed officials from the AFFCO processing sites was convened in Auckland in order to gauge the level of industrial unrest currently occurring on those sites. Shed officials reported that the following problems were occurring on a regular basis:

The company have claimed that they want to be sure that these workers have not been intimidated intojoining the union. We have had reports from some of these new members that these company interviews are intimidating.

There are also examples where new members have withdrawn from the union after being subjected to these meetings with the company.

At AFFCO Wairoa your union has lodged 40+ personal grievances for members who have been employed out of seniority and or have had their employment status relegated to casual. Lots of these members have worked for the company for many seasons.

The union is currently having great difficulty in getting the company to mediation on these matters. It would appear that the company are using delaying tactics. The union is applying to the Employment Relations Authority to hear these cases. The Authority will likely require the company to attend mediation first.

There is also a dispute at the Wairoa plant regarding the cleaners terms and conditions of employment.

We are anticipating a confirmed hearing date soon. Please note that a date will need to be agreed with the company. if dates cannot be agreed the Authority will set hearing dates.

The union lawyers are also currently working on the following:

The company's use of casuals and their interpretation ofthe casual provisions in the core agreement.

Seniority status of seasonal vs. casual workers.

The company's failure to pay sick leave for Saturdays.

The company requirement for medical certificates for one day of absence.

The union lawyers are also currently working on the following:

The company's use of casuals and their interpretation ofthe casual provisions in the core agreement.

Seniority status of seasonal vs. casual workers.

The company's failure to pay sick leave for Saturdays.

The company requirement for medical certificates for one day of absence.