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The New Zealand Meat Workers and Related Trades Union (Inc.) covers up to 23,000 permanent and seasonal workers employed over 75 sites in the New Zealand meat industry. This includes workers in freezing works, tanneries, fertiliser plants, halal operations, small meat processing plants and small goods processors.
The union assists workers with employment contracts, health and safety issues and many other industrial relations and social issues.
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Graham Cooke, General Secretary
Graham started work in the meat industry as a seasonal Fellmongery worker in 1968, later transferring to the beef house, eventually learning the skills in 1974 of a slaughterman flanking and pelting on the mutton and calf chains. In 1978 Graham was elected Horotiu Sub Branch Secretary (1,651 members) and in 1987 elected Secretary of the Auckland & Tomoana Freezing Workers Union. In 1994 Graham was elected Secretary of the Meat Union Aotearoa. April 2005 the Meat Union Aotearoa became a Branch of the NZ Meat Workers Union.
Upon the retirement of (then General Secretary) Dave Eastlake in May 2012, Graham was elected to his present position of General Secretary.
The Meat Workers Union needs to be relevant to today's members and continue to inform workers of the need and benefits of belonging to national collective employment agreements. Workers need to be a part of a union organisation that promotes a collective voice that is able to deliver good terms and conditions of employment. The Union has to be relevant to the Meat Industry Employers so that they treat their employees with the respect and dignity that they deserve.