Major meat company ends relationship with Gloriavale

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A large meat company ends its relationship with the Christian commune of Gloriavale over workers’ rights.

In a statement to 1News, Silver Fern Farms said it “has decided to begin the process to terminate any commercial agreement” with the company Gloriavale Value Proteins.

“We will now work with all parties involved to put this into effect,” said a Silver Fern Farms spokesperson.

A number of other companies are also considering whether to leave Gloriavale.

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“We are currently reviewing our relationship with Value Proteins and have requested additional information from them,” Alliance Group Chief Executive David Surveyor said.

Earlier this month, the Labor Court the members of the directed commune are employees, not volunteersand that there was child labor in Gloriavale.

Chief Justice Christina Inglis found that the three plaintiffs – Hosea Courage, Daniel Pilgrim and Levi Courage – were considered employees from the age of six.

“I do not accept the characterization by the Gloriavale defendants of the work undertaken during this period of the plaintiffs’ lives as ‘duties’ which might normally be required of a child by his or her caregiver,” she said. declared.

“Nor do I accept that the reference to ‘work’ within Gloriavale, in terms of what the plaintiffs did, had any sort of special meaning. It was work in the sense that it is understood. usually.”

Gloriavale has been approached for comment.

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