Feilding Herald : November 24th 2011
Need catering for you Christmas function? $10 per head Delivered Call Hell Pizza Feilding 3230351 0800666111 www.hell.co.nz 4197342AB FEILDING FIRE BRIGADE'S waterways team up with NZ's best PAGE 3 STACKING THEM UP for a world record. PAGE 4 Phone: 06 323-5839 Fax: 06 323-9479 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising: email@example.com Thursday, November 24, 2011 Disparity still reigns at CMP By SANDRA CROSBIE Who's the bully?: While protesting CMP workers say they are bullied by their employers, some workers inside the plant say the union were bullying them into striking. Photos: WARWICK SMITH In discussion: CMP Rangitikei plant manager Darryl Mackenzie (centre) at gate of CMP, Marton during a picket line protest. Mixed messages are emerging from parties involved in the worker s dis- pute at CMP Rangitikei. Two hun- dred workers have signed Individ- ual Employment Agreements (IEA) and returned to work, while another 100 remain locked out since October 19 and are actively protesting at the entrance to the site and throughout the district. The Feilding Herald has heard from employees who are happy with their conditions and those who are angry with their employer. The dis- parity between the two sides is sig- nificant. Case Study One: Happy Employee. Mr A has twice discussed with The Feilding Herald in person his thoughts on the matter. His name remains anonymous for his own security. After the first shed meeting Mr A (a union member at the time) left the meeting upset with the bullying techniques of the union. I felt more threatened by the union and their tactics than my employers. I immediately resigned from the union and then went on to sign my IEA. The union did not give the workers the opportunity to talk amongst themselves. I want to work and I want a job. It is 2011 -- not the 1980s. You can t close a plant down. We need them to stay open so we have work. Mr A knows of others who reacted the same way. Four weeks after that meeting a skilled and experienced worker, Mr A says he couldn t be happier. I have been paid with the new changes and couldn t be happier. It is very fair and better than I was getting before. I know of 19 -year-olds getting $24 an hour. They know they can t earn that sort of money elsewhere -- that s why they have signed their IEAs. They have not been threatened into signing. Several other workers who have made their thoughts known to The Feilding Herald have said the same. Mr A has also confirmed that workers are subjected to harass- ment by the protesters as they arrive for work. It is very upsetting, as these are our fellow workmates. Yes, rocks have been thrown. The car gets hit and you do feel threatened. I wait till I have gone through it -- then wind down the window and yell, If you don t like working here, let someone else have the job . Case Study Two: An anonymous worker has contacted The Feilding Herald with claims that CMPR s plant manager Darryl MacKenzie is misleading people. They would how- ever not verify their identification. This worker feels they are cur- rently working twice as hard for less pay. We have all signed an IEA which the company has many open enders in it. We signed it because we needed money for our families. Darryl MacKenzie should not be making statements about concerns over safety at the gate. He should be spending his time being a profes- sional and hurry up and get the union workers back on site. The worker made other allega- tions, but without them verifying their identity they will not be printed. The New Zealand Meat Workers Union say the ANZCO have resorted to cooking the figures . Workers who face up to a 20 per cent pay cut are insulted by the company s manipulation of figures, said union negotiator Roger Middle- mass. Our members have repeatedly said they will accept a 10 per cent pay cut as long as Sir Graeme Harrison and other managers make the same sacrifice. Why would workers continue to suffer severe financial hardship if the company is really offering a six per cent pay cut? Plant manager, Mr McKenzie had earlier said: The new rates are in line with industry averages, we cer- tainly don t want to cut them any lower than we have to. We are asking employees to take these cuts now so that we can ensure the viability of the plant and not have any job losses.
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