Thursday, April 25, 2024

SFF meat workers set for a pay rise

Neal Wallace
Meat workers employed by Silver Fern Farms (SFF) will enjoy an almost 10% increase in wages following agreement with the New Zealand Meat Workers Union (NZMWU).
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The rate increase is the company’s latest initiative to attract new staff and reward existing essential workers.

Meat workers employed by Silver Fern Farms (SFF) will enjoy an almost 10% increase in wages following an agreement with the New Zealand Meat Workers Union (NZMWU).

This will take the minimum hourly productive rate paid to existing and new employees at all SFF sites to $24/hour.

NZMWU national secretary Daryl Carran says the rate increase will help address misconceptions of meat processing being a low-paid occupation.

“Recruitment and staff retention have become issues of critical importance across the primary sector and competing industries with simpler systems of pay can appear on face value to be more attractive,” Carran said.

SFF operations manager Mark Leslie says the rate increase is the company’s latest initiative to attract new staff and reward existing essential workers. 

In addition to this base wage increase, Leslie says other staff initiatives are being considered, including transport options, financial advice, regular staff meat sales, and scholarships for students who are dependents of employees.

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