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Company threatens unionists

Thursday, 2 March 2006,

Company threatens unionists

A stop work meeting will be held at Independent Liquor today despite a death threat and threats to close the gates on Union representatives.

The meeting will be held at 5pm at 35 Hunua Rd in Papakura.

“A manager threatened to put a bullet through my head,” said union activist, Pat O’dea. “The company is threatening to have me arrested if I step foot on the plant outside of my rostered hours. They even went as far as ripping of a noticeboard advertising tonight’s meeting.”

Despite not being rostered on tonite, Mr O’dea will be attending the stopwork meeting to hear speakers from Unite Union and the EPMU.

“After months of negotiations, Independent Liquor had made a number of workers redundant including the most active unionist,” said Mr Treen a senior organiser from Unite Union. “This is despite the fact they still use a significant number of casual workers from labour hire firms.”

“The company was given notification on Monday of the planned joint union meeting. They have since threatened to close the gates to prevent union officials from exercising their legal right of entry under the Employment Relations Act,” he said.

Mr Treen said that he wouldn’t be surprised if police were waiting at the company’s gates, but vowed to go ahead with the meeting at 5pm.

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