2 Mar 2012

Some locked out and others not

3:00 pm on 2 March 2012

Meatworkers Union members at AFFCO's eight North Island plants are asking why some are locked out and others not.

A 24 hour strike is being held in support of about 760 others locked out by the company on Wednesday after a breakdown in negotiations over a collective contract.

Eight AFFCO plants were picketed on Friday morning.

In the picket line at Horotiu in Waikato when the strike began at 5am, were four members of one family: two of whom had been locked out and another two were on strike.

One said he believes his family had been targeted.

AFFCO says it is still operating with non-unionised employees and it locked out some people and not others to send a serious message to the Meatworkers Union.

The company says the number on strike is closer to 500 than the union estimate of 1700.