23 Dec 2011

Hard Christmas expected

12:26 pm on 23 December 2011

A union member at CMP's lamb processing plant in Marton says Christmas will still be hard, despite going back to work next week.

About 100 members of the National Meatworkers Union were locked out two months ago, after refusing to accept new conditions including a pay cut. They have now accepted an offer from their employer.

The National Meatworkers Union says the members will take a pay cut as part of the settlement, but other conditions the company wanted to remove, are back into a new agreement.

One of themembers, Pene Wiari, says Christmas will be tough, but a settlement brings a guarantee that the fight is over.

CMP says they will receive a payment of $500 when they return to their jobs.