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Sewage treatment plants may get a hurry up
Councils that have been stalling for
years over resource consents for
sewage treatment plant discharges
could soon be under more pressure
to sort them out.
Horizons Regional Council con-
sents manager Richard Munneke
said economic issues were often the
reason district councils took so long
to get consent applications lodged.
Councils don t like spending
money and are reluctant to spend
money on these things, he said.
Councillor Murray Guy said the
money issue did not wash.
I don t accept the economic
excuse because some plants are non-
compliant for years.
It s starting to look like district
councils prefer to take the hit from
us in fees than spend the money to
get the issues sorted.
Mr Munneke said it was not as
easy as it looked.
He said some district councils did
not have the financial resources and
Horizons tried to work with them to
get an acceptable result.
Rangitikei District Council at
the moment has three discharge
consents to work on and we are try-
ing to work with them to prioritise,
Mr Munneke said.
They ve spent a lot of money in
Taihape and Hunterville to get
those consents right and now it s the
others such as Bulls.
Rangitikei District Council chief
executive Clare Hadley said the
council was committed to getting
I am extremely proud of the
Hunterville community who put
their hands in their pockets to get a
good treatment system.
Horizons chief executive Michael
McCartney said that it was import-
ant for regional and district councils
to work together, but for the
regional council not to be soft.
Who's the bully?: While
protesting CMP workers
say they are bullied by
their employers, some
workers inside the plant
say the union was
bullying them into
Photos: WARWICK SMITH
In discussion: CMP Rangitikei plant manager Darryl
Mackenzie (centre) at the gate of CMP, Marton
during a picket line protest.
By SANDRA CROSBIE
There is a case of mixed mes-
sages from parties involved
in the worker s dispute at
CMP Rangitikei. Two hundred
workers have signed Individual
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 Rangitikei Mail has heard
from employees happy with their
conditions and those who are angry
with their employer. The disparity
between the two sides is significant.
Case Study One: Happy
Employee. Mr A has twice discussed
with the Rangitikei Mail in person
his thoughts on the matter. He
remains anonymous for his own
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
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.
He knows of others who reacted
the same way.
Four weeks after that meeting.
Mr A, a skilled and experienced
worker, says he couldn t be happier.
I have been paid with the new
changes. 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
IEA s. They have not been
threatened into signing.
Several other workers have told
the Rangitikei Mail 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 Rangitikei
Mail claiming CMPR s plant man-
ager Darryl MacKenzie is mislead-
ing people. The worker would not
verify their identification.
This worker feels they are cur-
rently working twice as hard for less
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
The New Zealand Meat Workers
Union say ANZCO has 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-
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 con-
tinue to suffer severe financial hard-
ship if the company is really offering
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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