Source: New Zealand Meat Workers & Related Trades Union
Headline: Meat Workers getting cut out of pay rise
Silver Fern Farms are offering workers a 0% pay rise in the first year and only a 2% pay rise in the second year. This despite the industry seeing a 22 month high for beef and lamb and paying their own Directors, Chairman and Chief Executive double digit pay rises.
Silver Fern Farms Directors had their fees increase by 7.8% in 2013 following a 15% pay rise in 2012. That’s a 22.8% pay rise in two years.
The Silver Fern Farms Chairman received a 8.2% pay rise last year, and in 2012 he received a 15% increase. That’s a 23.2% pay rise over two years.
And the Silver Fern Farms Chief Executive had a 4.3% pay raise in 2013 which followed a 12.5% pay increase over three years.
Over the last year, the workers doing all the actual work Silver Fern Farms relies upon to pay those huge fees received only a 2% pay rise.
The workers helping build the success of Silver Fern Farms deserve a better offer than a 0% pay rise.