E tū represents 5,700 members in the food sector, who are processing and manufacturing a huge range of products, including beverages, biscuits and confectionery, chicken, dairy products, fish and seafood, fruit and vegetables, and meat.
There are many challenges facing this sector, such as restructuring and factory closures, that lead to job losses. New Zealand’s iconic Cadbury factory in Dunedin is closing and the work is moving to Australia despite the New Zealand factory being profitable. This is a strong symbol of the pressures food sector workers face in this country.
E tū Food sector members know that being in the union is the only way to protect jobs, as well as improve wages, health and safety, and other conditions.
The Living Wage
The Living Wage is a key strategy for bargaining in the food sector, recognising the need for all workers to be paid not just the bare minimum but enough to participate fully in society and thrive. It has been a successful strategy for driving wages up and we have even won commitments from employers such as New Zealand King Salmon to implement the New Zealand Living Wage.