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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
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
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
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
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-
Mr Mackenzie said he believed
that of those picketing only about 15
to 25 are CMP Rangitikei union
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
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
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
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
All of these people are perma-
nent residents in New Zealand once
their employment begins, and many
of them have worked for us for
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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