12 Apr 2012

Wahine group helps locked-out workers

6:33 am on 12 April 2012

The Mana Wahine Action Group in Whangarei is pitching in to help meat workers locked out of AFFCO's Moerewa plant in Northland, and their families.

The six-week dispute between AFFCO management and the Meat Workers Union has seen about 1000 employees locked out at the company's North Island plants, including 115 at Moerewa.

Spokesperson Marama Waddell says the group is organising support from all over Northland for a protest march in the town at 9am on Friday morning.

She says the kaupapa of the group, which has been in existence since the mid 1990s, was originally to support and care for Maori women and their families in need of help.

But Ms Waddell says the kaupapa is now to support all women who have been disadvantaged economically in any way.

She says women who've been locked out of the AFFCO plant or have husbands without a job, are going through a lot of pain at the moment.