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Meat inspectors step up industrial action

Meat inspectors step up industrial action

The 750 Meat inspectors who are members of the Public Service Association and employed by State Owned Enterprise Asure New Zealand will step up industrial action after their employer failed to respond to their pay claim or attend mediation to resolve the dispute.

The PSA has issued notice of another week of increased industrial action starting Wednesday 1 March at 6am until Wednesday 8th March at 6am.

“Meat inspectors are frustrated that Asure stubbornly refuses to meet their reasonable pay claim of five percent for this year and next,” said Jeff Osborne, PSA Assistant Secretary.

The notice of industrial action will see the 750 meat inspectors ‘work to rule’ and comes in the middle of a week of industrial action which has had a significant impact on the operation of meat processing plants throughout New Zealand.

“Hopefully this notice of more action will leave the employer in no doubt that our
members are serious about our pay claim.”

The Department of Labour has offered mediation assistance to the parties which the PSA accepted, but Asure New Zealand has refused to attend.

“It is a pity that Asure will not agree to attend mediation to resolve this matter,” said Jeff Osborne. “We remain open to improvements in the offer from Asure New Zealand and to attending mediation to seek resolution of the dispute.”

Meat inspectors are an essential service under the Employment Relations Act 2000 so are legally required to give three days notice of the intention to undertake industrial action.

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