Unlawful union tactics land Talley’s with six-figure fine

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A major Kiwi corporation has been hit with a six-figure fine after it was found to have breached union access rights on numerous occasions.

The Talley’s-owned South Pacific Meats (SPM) has been ordered to pay $144,000 in penalties to the NZ Meat Workers Union after the Employment Authority uncovered widespread wrongdoing.

The authority found that SPM acted unlawfully in attempting to restrict access requests at a number of their locations, including Awarua, Invercargill and Christchurch. The organization did so by requiring a plant manager to supervise the visits of union officials.

“The union is heartened by this decision.  We have repeatedly sought to access rights to talk to workers as guaranteed by law, and we have repeatedly been frustrated by the Talley’s owned companies across the board” says Darien Fenton, NZMWU organising director.

“This is the third decision in relation to SPM’s unlawful behaviour relating to access. On each occasion their actions have been found to be unlawful,” he added.

The Employment Authority also found that SPM had implemented and unlawful pre-condition on bargaining, by requiring the union to identify union members before any negotiations could begin.

As a result, the authority issued a compliance order requiring SPM to terminate the practice of unlawfully restricting access and awarded penalties in respect of each breach – bringing the total penalty to $144,000, all of which was directed to the union.
  • Jake Sim on 24/02/2016 7:50:38 a.m.

    This fine will just come out of the plant's operations budget making it even worse for the workers there. Mr Talley won't loose any sleep over it.

  • Hilton Rohe on 20/02/2016 7:45:32 p.m.

    Another one for the Good Guys,Talleys have got away with so much in the last 6 years,and it's about time,they got slapped down."Union Hard"Wairoa.

  • Ritchie on 20/02/2016 7:15:28 p.m.

    great result just the tip of the iceburg. Talleys have a finger in a lot of pies ie; sealord,pams; open country,affco,landmeats just to name a few.

  • Morag Lorigan on 20/02/2016 2:55:22 p.m.

    Well done and here's to many more.

  • Ray Clayton on 20/02/2016 9:05:07 a.m.

    Talley fine should have being more also Talleys own should pay

  • Robyn Hiku-Raharuhi on 19/02/2016 8:04:54 p.m.

    Great outcome. MWU congratulations your hardwork gives the employees the right for fair work conditions Thank u

  • Whanganui on 19/02/2016 7:31:35 p.m.

    Awesome outcome guys

  • Heather on 19/02/2016 4:30:02 p.m.

    Way to go. Hope he pays however n they chuck him out!

  • Mary-Ann on 19/02/2016 3:57:27 p.m.

    A good result. Sir Peter Talley owns this company and was awarded a knighthood for philanthropy while this saga was in progress. He is very much less than charitable and should give the gong back.

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