Hundreds of EPMU members, mainly from the plastics and metal manufacturing industries, gathered at offsite meetings last week in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland, leaving standing room only.
‘I know it takes a lot to leave the workplace during work hours and travel across town for a union meeting,' says EPMU national secretary Bill Newson. ‘Our members have shown they are up for it. My thanks to all of you who played your part in making this happen.'
The combined membership meetings mark the launch of the renegotiation of the plastics industry multi-employer collective agreement (MECA). Advocacy for the agreement will be led by EPMU organisers Andrew Skelly and Kelvin Ellis, supported by a team of four delegates from around the country.
‘Coordination is the key to multi-employer bargaining,' states EPMU director of organising Rachel Mackintosh. ‘I'm asking all our members to give our team your full cooperation.'