26 Apr 2012

Unions, AFFCO agree to resume mediation

9:01 pm on 26 April 2012

The Meat Workers Union, the Council of Trade Unions and AFFCO have agreed to resume mediation for a collective agreement on Monday.

The decision was made during a settlement conference at the Employment Court in Auckland on Thursday.

About 1000 unionised meat workers at AFFCO'S eight North Island plants have been locked out since March this year.

However, the unions say they will continue with legal action filed for an interim injection which challenges the lawfulness of the lockout.

Meat Workers Union secretary Graham Cooke says the dispute could end on Friday if AFFCO realised the workers just want security regarding the amount they will get paid each week.