28 May 2012

Meat workers voting on AFFCO deal

3:43 pm on 28 May 2012

Meat workers are deciding whether to accept a deal with AFFCO to end their long-running industrial dispute with their union optimistic they will ratify it.

The Meat Workers Union and the company settled on a new collective employment contract last week following 12 weeks of strikes and lockouts affecting up to 1200 workers.

Workers at AFFCO's eight North Island processing plants have been voting by secret ballot on Monday over whether to accept the new terms.

The union's new general secretary, Graham Cooke, says the final votes will be counted later in the day and is optimistic that workers will accept the new contract.

Mr Cooke says most are now back at work and are feeling positive and relieved.