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CTU Food And Beverage Unions Back Open Country Cheese Workers

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CTU Food And Beverage Unions Back Open Country Cheese Workers

A meeting today of the CTU Food and Beverage Unions Group and the International Union of Food Workers (IUF) pledged support to the striking workers facing a 6 week lockout at the Talley company - Open Country Cheese in Waharoa.

The Unions condemned the actions of Open Country Cheese in denying the rights of workers to join a union and negotiate a collective agreement.

The unions and the IUF resolved to inform members about the aggressive actions of Open Country Cheese to deny union rights and pledged to give moral and financial support as required.

Helen Kelly, CTU President, said that she will be visiting the picket on Sunday and is calling on the company to negotiate on the issues in dispute which include temporary work arrangements, hours of work and roster changes and rights in relation to restructuring.

"This is not a dispute about pay", said Helen Kelly. "It is about an employer who is refusing to deal in a reasonable way with workers and a union with a long history of constructive union-employer relations in a vital export industry".

IUF Regional Secretary Ma Wei Pin, who came to today's meeting from Sydney to find out the facts of the dispute, said that he will alert IUF affiliates globally about the employer's actions in this dispute.

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