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Attention: TABRO MEAT WORKERS

The AMIEU has been contacted by Ashleigh Martin, Chief Operations Officer at Tabro Meats. He has stated:

"In regard to operations I am happy to announce that Tabro will resume production on Wednesday 4th May 2016. Production Supervisors are contacting employees to notify them, but if anyone hasn't been notified please contact Tabro reception on phone 03 5674 9300".

Attention: Coles workers

Coles employee, Duncan Hart who is an SDA member, is challenging the Coles Store Team Enterprise Agreement. The AMIEU has joined this challenge. Together we argue that the Coles - SDA Enterprise Agreement does not leave workers Better Off.

On 27 and 28 April the final arguments were put by the Coles and SDA barristers then Siobhan Kelly, Duncan Hart's barrister summed up the appeal against the Enterprise Agreement. Now the full bench have gone to consider the issues.

Watch this space. As soon as we hear from the Fair Work Commission we will let you know.

See more of what was said in the hearing on 2nd February

Supermarkets national newsletter Feb 2016

Talleys/AFFCO lockout lifted by court order, rights abuses continue

On January 15, a German tourist with a 'working holiday' visa was caught in a machine while working on the slaughter line at the Talleys/AFFCO meat plant in Rangiuru New Zealand. He was knocked unconscious and suffered injuries to the head, face and teeth. He was working in one of the most dangerous areas in the plant with negligible training. Two years ago, an experienced worker was impaled by a hook on the same machine and dragged along the line. Ninety minutes were needed to extricate the hook, which had entered the back of his head and emerged from under his eye.

According to the New Zealand government's Accident Compensation Corporation, over the last three years nearly 5,000 Talley's workers have been awarded over USD 4.7 million in compensation for workplace accidents; 1,286 Talley's workers were injured on the job in 2014 alone. While the Talley family was lobbying against reforms to New Zealand's health and safety legislation, a worker whose arm was sliced open at the company's South Pacific Meats plant had to transport himself to hospital. His boss later told the employment tribunal "he was too busy to deal with the matter."

Talleys/AFFCO is a serial rights abuser. This employer with a horrific record of workplace accidents has fired union health and safety representatives for meeting with their members and locked out 200 workers at the company's Wairoa meat plant to force them to abandon collective bargaining and accept individual contracts.

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Meatworkers have enjoyed a history and a culture of unionism

 

This has been built over many years and has continued from generation to generation. Work in meatworks and associated workplaces has always been physically hard, dangerous and skilful. Without the strength of organized labour it would undoubtedly be more dangerous and have stayed poorly paid as well.
Most of the conditions and wages many now enjoy were the result of the unity and industrial action (strikes etc) of workers over many years before them. All the major sheds through the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties were one hundred percent unionised and were therefore able to put up a united front against powerful employers who would otherwise have exploited them. In Victoria particularly, the AMIEU led the way in the establishment of industrial awards, which many now take for granted. Things like equal pay for women, long service leave, Superannuation, redundancy, annual leave, sick leave and public holidays were established and developed by the union, backed up with united industrial pressure.

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