Unions pledge to fight destruction of jobs in food industry

Press Release – IUF Australian and New Zealand Food Unions pledge to fight the destruction of jobs in both countries MEDIA RELEASE : Tuesday Aug 21, 2012 Australian and New Zealand Food Unions pledge to fight the destruction of jobs in both countries Food unions affiliated to the International Union of Food Workers (IUF) from both sides of the Tasman have pledged greater cooperation in the fight to defend permanent decent jobs in the food processing sector. Unions are to develop an early alert mechanism to inform each other of plans by multinational companies to relocate from State to State or country to country in their attempts to reduce wages and outsource jobs. There should be no repetition of the Heinz relocation in 2011 when 350 permanent jobs were destroyed in Victoria and were replaced by 60 -70 casual workers in NZ being paid the minimum wage. “Multinational companies using their power to destroy decent, regular jobs and replace them with insecure jobs on minimum wage will be opposed “ says Wei-Pin Ma, IUF Asia/Pacific Regional Secretary. Both countries produce quality food and have strong food safety and biosecurity regulations which must be maintained to ensure strong food processing industries. Unions will fight any attempts to de-regulate these important protections and will also champion stronger employment regulation that gives protection to casual workers and promotes permanent employment . The...

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