Affco dispute settled?

Dramatic weekend negotiations may have brought the bitter dispute between meat processor Affco and the union representing many of its workers to an end.

Meat Workers Union lawyer Peter Cranney said "there has been some progress in this dispute following some mediation with the iwi leadership forum between the parties."

The Employment Court, which had been hearing the case in which the union was attempting to have a lock out of more than 900 workers across five Affco plants ended, has granted a one day adjournment, but Cranney was optimistic this would not be required.

"I don't think I'm talking out of school but the core has been settled," he said.

BusinessDay understands Tuku Morgan - involved in a power struggle over Tainui leadership - brokered the mediation.

The three Judges hearing the case cautioned the parties to press for a full and final agreement, allowing the case to be abandoned.

Cranney said there were expectations the dispute may have been settled yesterday but this had come to naught.

Updates on progress between the parties were expected imminently, he said.

"If it does settle, some people are saying we'll know by lunchtime."

Waikato Times