Major union talks underway today

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E tū union is meeting with manufacturers in Auckland today to begin two days of negotiations over the renewal of a major collective deal.

The Metal and Manufacturing Industries Collective Agreement – known as Metals – is the oldest and largest manufacturing industry agreement in New Zealand and covers more than 600 workers across more than 80 businesses.

The agreement has long set the pace for other pay deals in manufacturing, as well as other industries and unions.

Industry co-ordinator Anita Rosentreter said the union is seeking a “fair and reasonable pay increase” as well as increased worker representation in health and safety.

“Manufacturing is a high-risk industry”, she stressed. “Research, including the findings of the Royal Commission into the Pike River Mine Tragedy, has shown that worker representation is crucial in fostering a safe workplace.”

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