We represent workers in meat, dairy, fruit and vegetable processing, baking and brewing.

Our Food sector has 5646 members covered by 137 collective agreements.

E tū members work for companies like Tegel, Heinz Watties, Dominion Breweries, Premier Bacon, and Silver Fern Farms.

We’ve fought for decent payrises and proper health and safety in the food sector, and stand in solidarity with the Meatworkers Union in their struggle for a fair deal at Talley’s AFFCO.

Food is one of the most important industries in New Zealand and its workers have a lot to gain from getting organised and negotiating collectively for a better deal.

If you’re in the food industry, join E tū for a fair deal at work.

Our industry is broken into eight groups:

International affiliations

We are affiliated with the International Union of Food Workers and work closely with the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union.


Union members at Tegel Foods Henderson celebrate the launch of E tū.

No ‘Sunshine Wages’ for NZ King Salmon workers

E tū members at Nelson-based King Salmon have won an impressive three-year deal to substantially lift pay for all workers and will see the lowest paid workers’ wages increase by more than 10 percent.

Members voted this week in favour of the deal which was signed off on Thursday. 

E tū disappointed with Cadbury closure; hopeful of some continued production

E tū says it is extremely disappointed though not surprised by Mondelez International’s decision to close the Dunedin Cadbury factory.

Neville Donaldson, E tū Strategic Director Food says the closure will mean hundreds of job losses and is a bitter blow for its members at Cadbury, and for Dunedin itself. 

Petition to save Cadbury goes global

The petition to save the Dunedin Cadbury factory and the jobs of its workers has gone global.

A local petition/open letter has been circulating online since last Friday and has attracted more than 8000 signatures.

Another petition, launched by the International Food Union, which has joined the campaign to save the factory has attracted another 4000 signatures.

E tū; Saturday event rallying point for public over Cadbury

E tū has welcomed a community initiative to rally support for saving Dunedin’s Cadbury factory and the jobs of its workers.

Neville Donaldson, E tū’s National Industry Strategy Director (Food) says the rally planned for Saturday will be a chance for the public to make its feelings known about the proposal by Mondelez International to close the plant. 

Consultation begins Thursday on proposed Cadbury closure

Today, E tū organisers meet with union members at Cadbury in Dunedin ahead of consultation talks with Cadbury’s management tomorrow.

There are three meetings on site at the Cadbury plant: at 3.15pm, 4.25pm, 5.30pm and a final meeting on Thursday morning at 7am.