Union denied access in taste of things to come

A range of new laws come into force next week that will be bad for workers, and workers at the Affco Imlay meat plant in Whanganui have had a taste of things to come by being denied access to their union.

Despite giving the reasonable notice required in the collective agreement, meat inspector staff were not allowed to see their PSA organiser.  PSA National Secretary Richard Wagstaff said this was in breach of the legislation. “Union access is a fundamental right, whether that access takes place on the employer’s property, or in this case, a workplace that the employer doesn’t control.”

PSA organiser Mike Farrell said “It’s very rare to be denied access, especially when following agreed procedures. If union members are being denied the right to meet with their representatives now, how is it going to be after 1 April when union officials seeking to enter workplaces must first gain employer consent?”

Look out for more on the law changes next week.

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