Feilding Herald : December 22nd 2011
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Page25 Classifieds pages 25 - 30 Workers reject union's proposal Locked out members of the meat workers union at the CMP Rangitikei lamb processing plant have rejected the latest proposal recommended to them by union officials. Since their rejection, fundraising drives have been held around the district for Christmas gifts and funds for the workers who have chosen not to return to work. The union members refusal to return to work followed a new nego- tiation meeting initiated last week with the New Zealand Meat Workers Union. This meeting was held in hope of getting union members back to work before Christmas. An agreement was reached between senior managers of CMP Rangitikei and senior union officials which they agreed to recommend to members at a shed meeting last Thursday, said Rangitikei general manager Darryl Mackenzie. At Thursday s union meeting, the members voted against accepting the new collective agree- ment. We understand the vote to accept the proposal and a return to work was only narrowly lost. The reality is that the majority of the locked-out union members expectations seem beyond what we can meet. Mr Mackenzie said claims that employees annual wages will be cut by 20 to 30 per cent were not true. Annual wages for the locked out employees were expected to increase under the proposed new collective. On the old contract, an average annual income for an A grader was about $46,000, Mr Mackenzie said Under the new contract it was thought the average annual income would be about $53,000 for the same job. The new shift structure requires employees to work a 40-hour week, instead of a 35-hour week. There is also a greater opportunity to earn increased production bonuses. B graders can expect similar increases, moving from an average of $37,000 per year under the old structure to about $43,000 under the new. It has been confirmed by the Employment Relations Authority that the next step in the procedure will be facilitated bargaining next week. We had hoped to get everyone back to work before Christmas, but it doesn t look likely now, said Mr Mackenzie. Get in now to vote for new mayor Enrolment check wise ' A by-election for Manawatu District Council takes place in just a few weeks' time. All eligible people will need to enrol or update their enrolment details by 17 January 2012 to vote in the by-election. ' Fiona Strang, Rangitikei electorate registrar of electors Nominations are now open for those wanting to stand to be mayor of the Manawatu District Council. Locals in the Manawatu area are urged to take action now to enrol to vote or check their enrolment details are correct in the wake of the announcement of the by- election on March 7, 2012. A by-election for Manawatu District Council takes place in just a few weeks time. All eligible people will need to enrol or update their enrolment details by 17 January 2012 to vote in the by- election, says Fiona Strang, registrar of electors for the Rangitikei electorate. Have you moved house or changed your name or other details? Then you will need to update your enrolment details to make sure these are correct. People enrolled on the general and Maori electoral rolls are eligible to vote in the by-election. The by-election will be held by postal ballot. Only those people who are cor- rectly enrolled will receive voting papers in the mail and be able to have a say in the election. This makes it very important for newly eligible electors to enrol as soon as possible and for those already enrolled to check that their enrolment details are up to date. Enrolling is quick and easy. Enrolment forms are available by calling 0800 ENROL NOW (0800 36 76 56), by freetexting your name and address to 3676, from any PostShop or by requesting or downloading one from the elections website. People can update their details by filling in a new enrolment form, going to elections.org.nz or filling in a change of address form at a PostShop. Enrolling to vote in the parliamentary elections automati- cally enrols people living in the Manawatu area for the by-election. People can also check their enrolment details on the electoral roll at any PostShop, courthouse or public library.
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