Settlement close in Affco/meat union dispute
Affco and the meatworkers' union are apparently close to a negotiated agreement, with a return to work expected soon.
In a joint statement, the parties say a provisional agreement was reached today and site-specific documents are being negotiated.
Both parties agreed to withdraw and suspend all legal action, including a week-long Employment Court hearing, which began May 16.
The union and Affco’s owner, family-run frozen-food producer Talley’s, acknowledged the contributions of the iwi leaders forum to what the parties described as “significant progress” in negotiations during the weekend.
Meanwhile, Ports of Auckland and the maritime union started another day of facilitated bargaining today, with a follow-up session scheduled for Friday.
The waterfront dispute is in its ninth month and is centred on PoAL wanting a more flexible workforce, while the union wants greater job security and to hang on to its membership.