Ceres work­ers strike

The Dominion Post - - Business -

Work­ers from an or­ganic pro­duce sup­plier have gone on strike over pay and claims the com­pany is not an eth­i­cal em­ployer. About 10 Ceres Or­gan­ics distri­bu­tion work­ers protested in Auck­land claim­ing the com­pany should lose its ‘‘or­ganic’’ sta­tus be­cause it re­fuses to ne­go­ti­ate re­dun­dancy en­ti­tle­ments and over­time rates. They also claimed Ceres dis­cour­aged work­ers from join­ing unions and did not fol­low up on vi­o­lence in the work­place. But Ceres gen­eral man­ager David Joseph­son said the al­le­ga­tions were false and re­dun­dancy en­ti­tle­ments were not needed be­cause the firm was grow­ing, which pro­vided job se­cu­rity. He claimed First Union was pres­sur­ing work­ers into join­ing.

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