According to the New Zealand government’s Accident Compensation Corporation, over the last three years nearly 5,000 Talley’s workers have been awarded over USD 4.7 million in compensation for workplace accidents; 1,286 Talley’s workers were injured on the job in 2014 alone. While the Talley family was lobbying against reforms to New Zealand’s health and safety legislation, a worker whose arm was sliced open at the company’s South Pacific Meats plant had to transport himself to hospital. His boss later told the employment tribunal “he was too busy to deal with the matter.”
Talleys/AFFCO is a serial rights abuser. This employer with a horrific record of workplace accidents has fired union health and safety representatives for meeting with their members and locked out 200 workers at the company’s Wairoa meat plant to force them to abandon collective bargaining and accept individual contracts.