Meatworkers at work. Photo supplied.
Negotiations continue between the Meatworkers and Related
Trades Union and three meat companies.
Yesterday, Meatworkers union national secretary Graham Cooke
confirmed the union was in negotiations with another
southern-based company, Alliance Group, and North
Island-based AFFCO, as well as Silver Fern Farms.
Alliance Group's agreement expired at the end of February,
while AFFCO's agreement expired at the end of December last
year, the same time as Silver Fern Farms.
Negotiations were more advanced with Silver Fern Farms than
the other two, as their negotiations had only just started,
Mr Cooke said.
AFFCO was having more talks today and, at this stage, he was
not able to say what the union was seeking and what was being
offered by both AFFCO and Alliance Group.
The Silver Fern Farms situation was ''a little bit
different'' because the company had said it was not prepared
to offer any more than a nil wage offer in the first year,
and the other two companies ''haven't done that'', he said.
The union was seeking 3% plus 3% over two years and Silver
Fern Farms was offering the status quo and 2%.