Monday, September 04, 2006

11 Days
The campaign is still going strong after 11 days without pay, workers are atending winz seminars and a meeting was held tonight to talk through the workers situations with their husbands and wives and to keep all the workers up to speed on issues. The still refusing to negotiate and it is becoming increasingly clear that this is a campaign to destroy the union at this site. Food town is putting up posters at supermarkets lieing about the unions campaign demands and failing to mention that it is progressives that are refusing to negotiate and that have locked workers out, when the workers saw one of these posters it really pissed them off. Their is a feeling of hurt amongst these workers some who have worked for progressives for over 15 years that the company would do this to them. I was talking to one worker last night and he was explaining how the strike had gone so far that the best solution would be to bankrupt the distribution centers and simply shut them down and take redundancy payouts, he then went and got a food parcel and on coming back explained it was for his childrens lunch. An 0900 number is being set up for these workers tomorrow and their is a march down queen st on saturday in support of the distribution workers.




4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I like reading your blog for coverage of the strike, I found it on Google when searching for info about the strike. I see on your profile that you're a student. Do you work at all at one of the distribution centres? Keep it up! Just in case anyone else is reading this and wants to donate money, you can do so to the National Distribution Union's BNZ account: 02-0200-0217968-00 and use the reference "Supply Chain".

Anonymous said...

I was also in Countdown Palmerston North today and I heard a message over the speakers, along the same lines as that poster they've put up at the entrance, and apologising for any inconvenience etc.

John said...

Thanks for the comment, while i am not working for progressives i have family that works in distribution for very low wages and live in the same community as these workers. The posters and messages are all signals of the immense pressure the company is under, with the public and community support iim pretty sure the workers will be able to outlast the company on this one.

George said...

I heard that the progressive's meat supply chain are very seriously considering strike action. Yeah.