Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Greens support Sanford workers

5 July 2001

Greens support Sanford workers

Green Party Labour Spokesperson Sue Bradford today sent a supporting letter to the striking workers at the Sanford fish factories in Bluff and Timaru.

"I spent a lot of last year working on the Employment Relations Act which we supported on the basis that it would clearly open the way to workers being able, should they want, to negotiate collective and multi-site agreements," said Ms Bradford. "It was also supposed to stop companies bringing in non-unionised replacement labour from outside.

"It is clear that some employers like Sanford, INL and The New Zealand Herald are determined to resist the impact of the ERA. The Greens fully support the striking workers in their struggle to obtain just collective agreements."

Ms Bradford said that in the end, industrial legislation was only as good as the will of the workers to stand together and stand strong for their rights.

Workers in Sanford's fish factories in Bluff and Timaru went out on a 24-hour strike on 25 June in support of negotiating a collective agreement with the two sites and Sanford's management. When they tried to go back to work a day later, they were told they should first guarantee there would be no strike again. The workers did not agree to those terms and have had no work since.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election