6 Jan 2012

NZ union pleased labour dispute affecting Samoan workers resolved

8:21 am on 6 January 2012

The Service and Food Workers Union in New Zealand is pleased a labour dispute affecting Samoan workers at the meat processing plant CMP Rangitikei, near Marton, has been resolved.

The union's Pacific liaison officer, Tuifa'asisina Mea'ole Keil, says an agreement was reached between the company and locked out employees just before Christmas.

The lockout at the plant had affected over 100 workers who had refused to sign individual contracts, with pay cuts of up to 20 percent.

Tuifa'asisina Mea'ole Keil says the decision has given workers a positive start to the new year.

"There was a press release put out by the Council of Trade union. The details, well not much is known, but all in all, the official word that has gone out, is that this dispute was resolved and that everybody was happy and then going back to work."

Tuifa'asisina Mea'ole Keil says the company's decision to travel to Samoa to recruit workers during the lockout had also caused some friction.