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Maori Party Speaks out about Burnt Chop Syndrome

Maori Party Speaks out about the Burnt Chop Syndrome

Hone Harawira, Employment Spokesperson, Maori Party

"Meat workers in the Progressive Company have had enough of the 'Burnt Chop' syndrome" said Hone Harawira today, speaking out in support of the five day strike taking place at the Southmore meat processing plant in Christchurch.

"While their mates working across the meat industry are earning between $18 and $30 an hour, the Progressive supermarket meat processors are getting served the burnt chop - earning 30-50% less than industry standards" said Mr Harawira.

"It's a question of justice" said Mr Harawira, employment spokesperson for the Maori Party. "We know that there are heaps of Maori working in the meatworks industry so we've been watching it for a while. Questions have to be asked about how Progressive can justify paying these workers lower wages, when they're doing exactly the same job as their peers, and yet, at best, earning an average of $13.73 an hour".

At the 2001 census, Maori made up 29% of workers in the meat works sector.

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