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Help Talley’s Affco Workers!

27 April 2012 8 comments

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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!

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

BOYCOTT THESE FOOD PRODUCTS MANUFACTURED BY TALLEYS

“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

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

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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!

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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;

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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>

Kiaora!

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.

https://fmacskasy.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/help-talleys-affco-workers/

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.

Regards,
– Frank Macskasy
Blogger

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

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Continued from Help Talley’s Affco Workers!

Supporters of locked out Talleys AFFCO meatworkers were busy in Wellington and the Hutt Valley today (21 April)  fundraising for workers’ families,

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Fundraising to support locked out AFFCO Talley meatworkers

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These collectors were busy outside Lower Hutt Pak N Save, handing out leaflets; engaging with passers-by; and accepting donations.

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Fundraising to support locked out AFFCO Talley meatworkers

Every few minutes, people were stopping. Some to ask questions, but most gave something. The community support for locked out workers was wonderful to see.

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Even those that could not afford to give something offered encouragement. Several volunteered to say that they were not buying anything ‘Talleys’ branded.

Some, in their cars, pulled up to us and handed us money through opened windows.

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Fundraising to support locked out AFFCO Talley meatworkers

Some could only afford a few coins to donate. Others, like this gentleman, put $20 into the bucket. (He requested his face to be obscured.)

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One little girl,  perhaps five or six, pulled out a ten cent piece and – with her proud mum looking on – placed it into the bucket.

The Hutt Valey team raised $296.20 with one person almost chasing after us, to donate an extra $5, as we were leaving.

A message to Talleys; you may have your millions squirrelled away in your various bank accounts, but d’you know what we have? (No, not the Incredible Hulk.)

We have community support. And that trumps your cold, heartless wealth every time. That is why you will lose.

And the workers will win.

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The Talleys Strikes Back (Part #Rua)

12 April 2012 2 comments

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Interesting image on that TV3 news item…

Anyone notice the incongruency of the image – and the caption beneath?

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Affco CEO Hamish Simson said the union has not declared its total income, but was wrong

Really? So which one of the four figures in the image is CEO Hamish Simpson?

 

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The Talleys Strikes Back

11 April 2012 6 comments
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(This blogpiece best viewed to “Darth Vader’s Imperial March. Click here)
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Talleys AFFCO appears to be up to a spot of mischief-making…

AFFCO chief executive, Hamish Simson, has informed the media that AFFCO has laid a complaint with the Serious Fraud Office to investigate the financial accounts of the meat workers’ union. According to Simpson, there are “irregularities” in the Union’s  financial accounts.

Simspson claims  that,

It appears from the union’s published financial statements that only a fraction of its total income has been declaredAffco union members paid $5.95 a week each to the union, which totalled more than $500,000 a year.Affco workers represent less than 10 per cent of the 23,000 members the union says it has and yet it only declares revenue of just over $700,000 per annum.More and more of our staff are starting to question where their money has gone. With the union now asking the public for donations, every workers’ dollar must be accounted for.  ” – Source

It is noteworthy that the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants has already investigated a similar complaint and found no evidence of wrong-doing.

When interviewed on Radio NZ’s Checkpoint,  Hamish Simpson appeared less than forthcoming on several important matters. He could not even state how many “AFFCO union members”  had  “started to question where their money has gone“.

Radio NZ: Listen to Checkpoint interview with Hamish Simson

Meatworker’s Union, National secretary Dave Eastlake, was not impressed, and replied

It hasn’t taken into account that the Meat Workers’ Union’s made up of four independent branches that collect the union fees off the members.They run autonomous accounts and have them audited and pay a capitation to the national office. All the complaint is about is the national office accounts.”

Radio NZ: Listen to Dave Eastlake on Checkpoint

It doesn’t take Quantum Physics to figure out what is happening here.

AFFCO are playing silly buggers. Dave Eastlake is right; this is a publity stunt.

But more than that, this  is a carefully orchestrated  attempt to wreck  the reputations of meatworkers and their Union in the publics’ mind. It is a similar ploy to the so-called  “Fact Sheet” that Ports of Auckland Ltd published which alleged that port workers were “remunerated” $91,000 p.a.

It is noteworthy that in his media statement,  Simpson referred to “the union now asking the public for donations“.

And that, I submit, is what this is all about; a battle for the hearts and minds of the public of New Zealand. It is a battle that POAL lost soon after the 5,000 strong street march on 10 March, and when the Employment Authority came down hard against the Port management and Board.

POAL have lost the struggle for public support.

POAL have all but lost the battle with the Courts.

Talleys AFFCO are witnessing a similar  campaign to build public support for locked-out meatworkers, in the media, on Blogs, and in the community.  Perhaps they understand that locking out workers, who were supporting families, is not a particularly good look. In fact, this blogger goes as far as to suggest that Talley’s management have stuffed up Big Time, and are only now beginning to comprehend their precarious  position.

The fact that a public boycott of Talley’s products can actually damage their brand name and impact on their profitability is only now beginning to dawn on them?

With this blog, and others, and social media supporting a boycott – Talleys AFFCO is in trouble.

Which explains their incredibly clumsy ploy to smear the Meatworkers Union.  Bad form, Talleys.

This blogger hopes that when the Serious Fraud Office dismisses the allegations, that the SFO will then  prosecute Talley’s management for wasting Police time.  That is a crime.

In the meantime, I refer folks to a previous blogpost on how meatworkers can be supported in many little ways.

See: Help Talley’s Affco Workers!

If you’re reading this and are pissed of at Talleys AFFCO’s dirty tricks campaign, you can make a quick $5 donation by calling: 0900 562 5688 . It’s a nice, easy way to vent your anger and support the locked out workers at the same time.

Karma’s a bitch‘ as they say, and  at $5 it’s pretty damned cheap as well.

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That takes care of this piece of BS.

As this blogger predicted yesterday, the SFO found nothing untoward or “irregular” in the Meatworkers Union accounts.  Talleys AFFCO agenda was to smear and discredit the Union – nothing else. The Serious Fraud Office must be mightily annoyed at being dragged into an industrial dispute as a pawn by company bosses.

One hope the SFO invoices or prosecutes Talleys for wasting Police time.

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Media reports

Port admits leaking worker’s details – union

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