Feilding Herald : December 15th 2011
4 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011 188 Broadway, Marton Centennial Mall Phone: 06 327 4561 Hours: Sun, Mon 10am-6pm Tue 10am-7pm Wed 10am-8pm Thur 10am-8.30pm Fri, Sat 10am-9pm Brown Brothers Moscato Omara's Irish Cream 700ml $29.99 Black Heart 1 ltr $27.99 Woodstock 1 ltr $32.99 Teacher's 1 ltr Kahlua 700 ml $32.99 $12 .99 $15.99 $19.99 $54.99 Jim Beam 1.75 ltr $29.99 Chatelle Brandy 1 ltr $39.99 Jagermeister 700ml Giftpack with glass $22.99 $17.99 Old Crow 12pk cans Jack Daniel's 8pk cans $12 .99 $16.99 NZ Larger 18pk cans 4% SALE STARTS Thursday 15 December Ends Sunday 18 December while stocks last - conditions apply $27.99 Seagers 1 ltr $33.99 Coruba Rum 1 ltr $14 .99 $24.99 Flame 15pkst Steinlager classic 15pkst Tui, DB Draught swappa QTS Tui, Export Gold 12pk st Shot Box 12 pk $16.99 $22.99 Coruba 10pkst 4259979AA Christmas Sale We Wish All Our Customers a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Smirnoff cask 2 ltr CMP puts its case to public in print By SANDRA CROSBIE '' We have people that want to work. We have farmers with livestock and customers that want our product and we are not going to let all of these people down because of this negotiation. Darryl Mackenzie In print: While Meatworker's Union protesters have been vocal in making their thoughts heard about the CMP Rangitikei lockout, management has taken out notices for their thoughts on the issue. Photo: LEILANI HATCH, FAIRFAX. Lamb-processor CMP Rangitikei near Marton has published a half- page advertisement in local papers explaining why wage costs need to be reduced and productivity increased at the plant. (see page 7). We had to do this to avoid the plant becoming yet another casualty of the meat industry, said the gen- eral manager of the plant, Darryl Mackenzie. As with any dispute of this kind, there are always two sides to the story and we d like to take this opportunity to explain to our com- munity more about our side, said Mr Mackenzie. He has publicly confirmed the two new wage rates at the plant are between $21 and $25 an hour based on the plant s average throughput tally. Reports of a 20 to 30 per cent pay cut on annual income are totally untrue, said Mr Mackenzie CMP Rangitikei has 230 pro- duction employees working under individual employment agreements. There are currently between 70 and 80 employees that are union members and therefore locked out. We are aware that at least a dozen of these people are now work- ing elsewhere. Mr Mackenzie said he believed that of those picketing only about 15 to 25 are CMP Rangitikei union members. He understand the rest are people from other unions. CMP Rangitikei has always been committed to getting a new collec- tive agreement with the union. The lockout was put in play to encourage the union to reach a deal quickly. He said ultimately, CMP had a business to run and with a workforce of its size it was much easier to do that with a collective agreement. However, we have people that want to work. We have farmers with livestock and customers that want our prod- uct and we are not going to let all of these people down because of this negotiation. CMP Rangitikei has also begun its annual process of employing new staff to cover the peak season and to fill positions due to resignation. We are following our usual employment plan that we do every year where we employ locally, as well as employing through the Western Samoa employment scheme like most meat plants in New Zealand, said Mr Mackenzie. The employment programme that we are currently undertaking is completely independent of the cur- rent lockout situation. None of the new employees will take the jobs of anyone that is cur- rently a union member. Everyone who is locked out can come back into their job as soon as the lockout ends. The 50 Samoan employees we currently have employed are a hugely valuable part of the workforce at CMP Rangitikei and we ve been employing Samoan people, via the Department of Labour employment scheme, for a number of years, Mr Mackenzie said. All of these people are perma- nent residents in New Zealand once their employment begins, and many of them have worked for us for years. We find it a little insulting that the CTU are implying that they are not capable of considering the facts and making the best decision for themselves and their families.
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