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Help Talley’s Affco Workers!



Talleys AFFCO workers thoughout the ccountry are being locked out, as their employer – amulti-million dollar company – tries to break their Union; destroy their conditions; and end up with a compliant and easily exploitable workforce.

Like the Ports of Auckland dispute, this is not just about fair pay – this is about smashing a union and removing the rights of free men and women to join an association (ie,  trade union) of their own free will.

This is about an abuse of corporate power.

This is about forcing vulnerable low-paid workers to abandion their Union and collective contracts.

This is happening right here, in our own country.

All fair-minded New Zealanders should ask themselves;

“Is this fair?”

“Are our jobs at risk from other  companies?”

“Is my job next???”

Help support the Talleys AFFCO workers. You can do your bit to help our fellow Kiwis! You can,

  1. You can give a quick $5 by calling: 0900 562 5688.
  2. Donations can be made directly to their Kiwi Bank dispute fund.  The account name is ‘NZCTU Disputes Fund’ and the number is 38 9007 0894028 08 (Kiwi Bank).
  1. Talley’s Boycott- Support Locked out AFFCO Workers
  2. Help Talley’s Affco Workers
  • Spread the word through your friends, family, and social media (Facebook, etc)
  • Donate food – drop-off points here
  • Tell your supermarket you won’t be buying any Talleys products until the lockouts are ended!
  • Email a link to this page to your friends & family, and share on your Facebook page. Spread the word!



——————————– print & cut out & add to your grocery list ——————————–


“Talley’s Frozen Veges”

“Talley’s seafoods”

“Talley’s Crème de la Crème”

“Talley’s Guilt Free Ice Cream”

& anything else with a Talley’s Brand



These are things we can all do, to help. We’re not so powerless when we all do our little bit!



Talley’s AFFCO  is locking out their employees –  men and women who work to put food on the tables of their families, and to raise their children.

We cannot let a well-resourced, highly profitable corporation (with the passive acceptable of our useless governmant and Smile & Wave Prime Minister) do this to our own people!

We can fight back! We will fight back!


Note: A link to this Blogpost has been emailed to Talleys’ H.O. The spreading campaign to boycott their food products might give Talleys cause for thought;


Subject: Lockout of workers & response from New Zealanders
Date:    Friday, 6 April, 2012 11:50 PM
From:    “Frank Macskasy” <fmacskasy@yahoo.com>
To:      “Rober Darragh” <robert.darragh@talleys.co.nz>, “Mark Longhurst” <mark.longhurst@talleys.co.nz>
Cc:      “Morning Report” <morningreport@radionz.co.nz>, “Nine To Noon RNZ” <ninetonoon@radionz.co.nz>, “Kim Hill” <saturday@radionz.co.nz>, “Dominion Post” <editor@dompost.co.nz>, “NZ Herald” <editor@herald.co.nz>


The people of New Zealand are viewing with considerable concern your actions against your own workers. The lockouts affecting over 1,000 men and women, and their families, is unnacceptable to all fair-minded New Zealanders.

Accordingly, please take note: a campaign to boycott your products is being mounted via social media (Facebook, etc) ; blogs; and other media and internet sites.


As with  public support for locked-out port workers in Auckland, this campaign will grow in strength and intensity.

But unlike the ports of Auckland dispute, where ordinary people were not direct stakeholders in the Port company, and had little direct influence – the campaign to boycott Talley’s products is a public issue. Consumers will be able to participate directly in this boycott campaign.

I hope you understand the power of a consumer boycott?

Aside from the primary affect of losing customer support, your brand will also suffer accordingly, as Talley’s becomes synonymous with corporate bullying of workers.

I encourage you to reconsider your lockout and to return to the bargaining table, to negotiate in good faith.

– Frank Macskasy


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Continued at: Help Talley’s Affco Workers! (Part #Rua)

Media reports

Horotiu meat workers protest against lockout (video)

Easter lock-out as talks stall on meat-works row

Affco lockout move ducks Easter pay, says union

Meat workers to strike through Easter

Meatworkers in lockout battle



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  1. Mel
    9 April 2012 at 9:05 am

    HI Frank.

    I have emailed the link to this site to all I know. Everyone I have talked to about this is disgusted at this sort of Dickensian view of the world. The name Talleys is quickly becoming a dirty word.

    We want New Zealand to be a better place for all New Zealanders!!

  2. 9 April 2012 at 10:45 am

    Thanks, Mel. I’m hearing similar things from people I know, or by email. Word is definitely getting out and will put a real dent in Talley’s name and branding.

    It’s amazing that way back in 1999, Kerry McDonald, the then Managing Director, Comalco (Wellington) recognised that driving down wages was a really, really bad idea. It might save a few bucks short term – but a low-wage economy (with wealth concentrated in the hands of the 1%) means that the rest of us can’t buy their goods.

    McDonald said,

    “I subscribe to a wealthy New Zealand based on higher salaries. The practice of screwing down wages as we see in New Zealand, to cut costs is the purest sign of a failing economy. This is not a new issue, but every year employers fail to address it the greater the gap between New Zealand and leading economies will become.” (10 October 1999)

    Some people “get it”.

  3. Bazza
    10 April 2012 at 1:11 am

    Screw Talleys. Won’t be buying any of their shit from now on. Probably never actually.

  4. 22 April 2012 at 9:00 pm

    There’s ” The love of money is the root of all evil.” if you love money you gota look after #1 and make sure no bastard takes it off you. There’s only one answer to that, he tangata he tangata. I don’t know who wrote the following, but the first verse is what it’s all about.

    “There is power in a factory, power in the land
    Power in the hand of the worker,
    But it all amounts to nothing if together we don’t stand
    There is power in a Union.”

    • 23 April 2012 at 12:10 am

      Well said, Geoffrey.

      We can do without bosses – but bosses can’t do without workers. It’s that simple.

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