NZ Labour Letter - June 2015, Vol. 6 No. 7

NZ Labour Letter - June 2015, Vol. 6 No. 7

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National Labour News

Employees at AFFCO's Rangiuru plant are being forced to sign individual contracts against their will, the NZ Meatworkers Union declared. According to the union, the workers were told they would not be re-employed if they refused to sign the contracts which required more hours for less pay. The union lost a request before the Employment Court for a temporary injunction to block the company's action but vowed to continue the court fight. Union campaign director Darien Fenton said the workers were told not to report to work unless they signed the contracts. "The company has made it very clear that they require a signed individual agreement, so it really is they sign with a gun to their head," she said. "We'll live to fight another day - both in the Employment [Relations] Authority and in the Employment Court."