Thousands of meatworkers at Silver Fern Farms' mainly South
Island processing plants are expected to attend pay
ratification meetings on Monday.
The New Zealand Meatworkers and Related Trades Union has been
in talks with the company for almost a month.
It is understood the union began negotiating with an initial
two-year 3% plus 3% claim for a pay increase, with SFF
offering 0% this year and 2% next year.
Staff meetings will be held at venues including Belfast near
Christchurch, Fairton at Ashburton, Pareora near Timaru,
Waitane near Gore, Finegand near Balclutha and Dargaville.
Union members were expected to be balloted on Monday, which
could include taking ''limited strike action'', one source,
who asked not to be identified, said.
SFF chief executive Keith Cooper was not available for
Meatworkers union national secretary Graham Cooke said from
Melbourne negotiations remained ''amicable''.
He denied talks had broken down.