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CMP offer cuts wages to the bone

Press Release – New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Over 100 workers are still locked out from work at the CMP meat works in Rangitiki, with the company refusing to budge from its unreasonable demand which cuts wages by 20 – 30%.CMP offer cuts wages to the bone

Over 100 workers are still locked out from work at the CMP meat works in Rangitiki, with the company refusing to budge from its unreasonable demand which cuts wages by 20 – 30%.

Helen Kelly, CTU President said “these workers cannot afford to take a 20 – 30% cut. The common earnings across all grades for these workers in the year to March 2011 – range from around $39,250 to $46250, the top earner last year earned $53851 including additional shifts and top kill rates. Taking 20-30% off could be as much as $15000 a year lost from a family’s income and would leave these workers impoverished on wages as low as $15-$17 per hour. This is tough work and these are not defendable wages.”

“In comparison, the workers have been incredibly generous in their offer – they are prepared to take a 10% pay cut. There are huge implications for the workers in considering any cut to their wages, but they are trying to move company to be reasonable, and make a reasonable offer.”

“The workers are under pressure, financially and emotionally, but the picket is well supported, with donations and support really boosting morale and resolve. We have a facebook group ‘locked out workers support group’ which is filled with messages of support, photo’s of the picket, updates from the union and links to media coverage. Resources are crucial to support these workers – we have set up a bank account and are calling for donations, the bank account number is also on this page. If this escalates further we’ll be calling on consumers to consider their support for this company,” said Helen Kelly.

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