Affco court hearing today

Last updated 09:32 16/05/2012

Relevant offers

Farming

Acupuncture trumps forestry at varsity Dairy farm's effluent consent approved Post mortems on cows after mystery deaths Forestry workers dodge poachers' bullets Dairy farmer's really milking her dream job Not sheepish at the dog auction Quad bike crash victim named Dairy farmers allege council bullying Sick waterways may gain from farm retirement Wool deal puts sector on track for unity

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.

Ad Feedback

- BusinessDay.co.nz

Special offers
Opinion poll

Which way are farmers likely to vote in the 2014 General Election?

National

Labour

Greens

NZ First

Conservatives

Maori Party

Internet Mana

Other

Vote Result

Related story: Farmers weigh voting choices

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content

rural digi editions 4/9

Digital editions

Read our rural publications online