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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
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
This meeting was held in hope of
getting union members back to work
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
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
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
It has been confirmed by the
Employment Relations Authority
that the next step in the procedure
will be facilitated bargaining next
We had hoped to get everyone
back to work before Christmas, but
it doesn t look likely now, said Mr
Get in now to vote for new mayor
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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
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
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
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
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