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The SFWU Daily Lockout Update - Day 5

Service and Food Workers Union Nga Ringa Tota

The SFWU Daily Lockout Update - Day 5

Highlights from the lockout sites:

Members were blocked by Spotless managers from getting on Hospital shuttle bus to visit Whangarei - but they have found a new place to get on the bus and they will be there tomorrow!

North Shore (AKL)
Kawakawa members visited the line and were welcomed by Whangarei members.

Waitakere (AKL)
Hosted the chant-off, put on a huge pile of kai for lunch and then, while the noise grew the mebers got a visit from a Maori TV reporter and cameraman who interviewed Bubz and Barbara from Waitakere and Woody from North Shore. 

Middlemore (AKL)
A reporter from Tangata Pasefika Television came to interview workers. The numbers doubled from yesterdays picket and more than $700 was gathered in donations.

Ex All Black Robin Brooke, who owns the local New World, has sent food donations and guarantees of %100 support to locked out workers.

Set up a 6 foot tall 'Spotless Clown' in the main street to get attention for their picket - visits by IRIS and other Union Reps.  Tomorrow the members will be visited by Minister of Community Affairs, Mark Burton along with local religous leaders.

Members and their story appeared on the front page of the Gisborne paper and will be getting a visit tomorrow by local religous leaders.

Members have been in the centre of town gathering donations and getting support from the public.

Members are still out in the rain standing strong - but getting wet.

Palmerston Nth
Donations of food and money are pouring in from other unions and even the local paper. Plus they have recieved $136 in donations on the picket line from members of the public.

Recieved a $2000 from the Meat Union. Still trying to meet with hospital CEO Nigel Murray with no luck yet. Members collected another $300 in donations from the 'Lockout Cafe


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