Teys Claims Workers Petitioning for Secret Ballot in Dispute19 July 2013
AUSTRALIA - Australian meat processor Teys, at the centre of a dispute with workers over pay and conditions at its Beenleigh plant in Queensland claims that the workers are now calling for a secret ballot on its proposals.
The Australasian Meat Workers Union said that the company’s proposal that would cut pay and increase hours had been unacceptable and was rejected by the workers.
But now according to reports in Australia, the company is claiming that a petition of 300 of the 800 workers want a secret ballot.
According to a report in the Herald Sun a statement from Teys’ general manager of corporate affairs said that it has taken a worker uprising to bypass the union and to petition the company directly.
The report, however, says that the union denies any knowledge of a petition and that a meeting of the workers last week had seen 69 per cent against the company’s plan and only 31 per cent in favour.
The union added that if Teys felt their proposals were attractive to the workers, they should put them to them immediately.
Teys has said that without a settlement to the dispute the future of the beef processing plant could be in jeopardy.
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