NSW: Meatworkers given the all clear to return to work - union
A union says a lock-out notice at a New South Wales abattoir has been lifted, allowinghundreds of meatworkers back on the job.
About 476 workers at Cargill's Wagga Wagga abattoir were locked out yesterday, eventhough they had accepted a union and management brokered pay deal.
Cargill management had said the three-month lock-out notice would remain in place untila similar deal was reached with 16 maintenance workers on the site.
Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union organiser STEVE GURNEY says workers havebeen told they can return to the job on Friday and can use leave time to make up for thedays lost.
Mr GURNEY says management is still involved in talks with maintenance workers but hasopted to lift the lock-out because a majority of workers on-site want to return to work.
The Australian Manufacturing Workers Union yesterday said the maintenance workers werenot prepared to accept the same pay offer.
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