Support locked-out Atlas quarry workers in Northland

Kia ora koutou,

Fourteen quarry workers who took limited strike action last week in pursuit of pay parity with other workers in the industry have been locked out by their boss until Sunday, 12th August. You can support the locked out workers by donating to their hardship fund. Please follow the link here:

For background, see here:

In solidarity – I roto i te kotahitanga

Malcolm Deans
Secretary, Unions Otago

Redline note: There’s a useful/informative article sympathetic to the workers in the Northern Advocate; see here.


  1. There are reports from the picket that the workers are getting lots of support from locals and the workers are maintaining a staunch picket line. Apparently the employer has a reputation for being heavy-handed, like dropping pay rates of staff if he thinks they are late for work. He was also quick to call a lockout on the workers when they went on strike, but may now be starting to realise he overplayed his hand.

    It does feel like there’s a growing willingness to put up a fight for better conditions now across a range of workplaces.

  2. I was at the picket today. The site was only unionised last year. The workers had seen in the company magazine that the quarry firm made over $100m in production. That riled them as many of the workers are on less than the living wage.

    There was a lot of public support. Some people didn’t just toot as they drove by but pulled over to talk to the guys. One was a truck driver who let rip about the National government, how “they were a bunch of ***?!!!s. Things went backwards with them … As for the Labour Party, they are no different.”

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