Affco court hearing today

Last updated 09:32 16/05/2012

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A legal attempt to force an end to the Affco lockout begins in the Employment Court in Auckland today.

The Meat Workers Union has brought a claim seeking to have a lockout in force since February 29 ruled illegal and have hundreds of affected workers compensated for lost wages.

Union secretary-elect Graham Cooke claimed Affco had failed to follow the law in locking out workers.

''The company is using the lockout to weaken and undermine collective bargaining and it doesn't meet other legal requirements,'' he said.

Cooke said the union is seeking a permanent injunction on the lockout and a declaration that Talley's actions have undermined collective bargaining and the workers' right to be in a union.

Attempts by the parties to settle the dispute out of court failed earlier this week.

The hearing is expected to last five days.

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