Feilding Herald : December 15th 2011
7 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011 Please note, Manfeild will be close from noon on Friday 23rd December and will reopen on Wednesday 4th January. The team at Manfeild would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year ! For more information on these events and many more go to www.manfeild.co.nz, check us out on Facebook, or give us a call on 323 7444. Suzuki International Tri-Series 2011 Round 2 December 17 The biggest Motorcycle racing series of the year with over 240 competing bike including F1 Super Bikes, F2 600 SuperSport, F3 Sport Bikes, 450 Moto, Pre-89 Class, Bears, F1 Modern Sidecars & Ultra-Lites. Racing kicks off at 10.30am, entry is via South Street and there is no gate charge. For more information check out www.cemeterycircuit.co.nz. Manawatu Road and Track Day December 18 The ideal opportunity to experience the race circuit in a controlled motor sport environment. Road cars are eligible to compete and safety gear is available if required. The Road and Track series will leave you wanting more. $75 for pre-entered competitors, or $100 on the day, event kicks off at 9am. Full details are on www.motorsportmanawatu.org.nz 2012 Superkart National Champs January 6 - 7 The Nation's best Superkart racers come together once again to compete. Open practice will be run on Friday, with qualifying and racing to be held on Saturday. Admission is free, both days will start at 9am. Entry is via South Street. Norwood Manawatu North Island Dressage Champs January 6 - 8 Dressage riders including Young rider and Pony riders competing for North Island titles. Saturday afternoon has advanced and grand prix horses riding to music. Friday and Sunday starts at 9am with no gate charge. Saturday's program starts at 12 noon, gold coin donation for adults, kids are free. 4221715AA 15 December 2011 CMP Rangitikei has recently been in the news because of a dispute with the New Zealand Meat Workers' Union. 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 community more about our side. CMP Rangitikei near Marton, is a lamb processing plant that's been operating for six years. Since we opened, lambs available for slaughter have decreased by 21%. This year, high wage costs and a shift structure designed for much larger processing capacity meant we had to re-negotiate major changes to our collective employment agreement with the Union. We had to do this to avoid the plant becoming yet another casualty of the meat industry. We have been talking with the Union since April and unfortunately we still have no agreement over the new terms and conditions we proposed. We have reduced costs in many areas of our business and we are now asking our production employees to take a pay rate reduction to bring their wages in line with the middle ground in the industry. The wages we are offering are between $21 and $25 per hour based on an average kill tally. The new shift structure means more hours are available for employees to work if they want to, and there is also no longer a need to work weekends. The fact is the wage packet being paid is between a 1% decrease and a 15% increase. But yes instead of working a 35 hour week under the previous contract, employees will now work 40 hours to earn that money. Reports of a 20-30% pay cut on annual income are totally untrue. A letter to our community from CMP Rangitikei We have over 230 employees who have signed individual employment agreements directly with the company. They have been working under the new contract and structure for almost two months now. We began the night shift last week and with more livestock available we are looking forward to a good season for our employees, customers, trade suppliers and the business. We are also greatly appreciative of the continuing support from our farmer suppliers. We are keen to reach an agreement for a new collective soon so that everyone can come back to work. Unfortunately the process is being slowed by the Union actively picketing our customers, and trying to damage the business, which does not help anybody. It is important to note that one business targeted is McDonald's, who is not even supplied by CMP Rangitikei, as we only process lamb, not beef. CMP Rangitikei is valuable to the region. We employ over 300 people year-round and this number increases to over 400 in the peak season. We have had to make some difficult decisions to ensure the future of the plant. We would really like to have all our employees back at work, and we hope that the Union will return to talks prepared for realistic negotiations. Yours sincerely, Darryl Mackenzie CMP Rangitikei General Manager www.cmp.co.nz Service no tall order Top Man: The name St John plays a significant role in David van Oeveren's life. With a life already dedicated to supporting others, the decision to join St John was an easy one for David van Oeveren. Now, after only four years with the ambulance service, the Feilding Anglican priest is being made a member of the Order of St John in its New Year's honours list. Mr van Oeveren said the honour was hugely humbling.'' The people that work in this organis- ation just do amazing work every day. They deal with some tough stuff, and they all deserve recognition and support.'' Mr van Oeveren is the St John regional chaplain, the Archdeacon of Manawatu, and is also now training to become an ambulance officer. He said he started with St John as an area chaplain. It was a friend of mine that invited me toworkwithStJohn--Iwentalongtoa conference where they explained what this kind of support role was all about, and to be honest, it wasn't a hard sell.'' Mr van Oeveren said from then he knew it was an organisation he wanted to be a part of. In his role as a volunteer, he offers his skill as a chaplain for St John members in Manawatu as well as the role of regional chaplain -- an area covering from Te Kauwhata in the north to Wellington -- is a volunteer ambulance officer and an active supporter of St John Youth. During his time at St John, Mr van Oeveren has worked to provide support for volunteers and paid staff throughout greater Manawatu, officiated at building and vehicle presentations, awarded pres- entations throughout the lower North Island, and ensured St John chaplaincy services are easy for members to access. Mr van Oeveren said he was proud to be a member of an organisation with such a rich history. The origins of St John go back more than 1000 years to before the crusades. For Mr van Oeveren to receive the award, it first had to be approved by the priory chapter then sent to London for the Queen to sanction. He will receive the award next year.
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