Ceres workers strike
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.