Alister Hawkey - Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool

NZ Kiwifruit company hitting back at employment claim

Trevelyan’s Pack and Cool is hitting back at claims levelled against the wider kiwifruit industry that seasonal workers are being exploited. They released a detailed report which shows how they’re caring for their employees, community and environment while still generating great returns for their growers.

There is currently much attention for packhouse pay and conditions amid a seasonal labour shortage, after a senior industry manager told Radio New Zealand’s Checkpoint programme that kiwifruit packing was undesirable work.

But Trevelyan’s Executive Director, Alister Hawkey, says the industry has been mis-represented and points to evidence contained in Trevelyan’s fourth annual Sustainability Report which the company has just released today. “The report is an in-depth look at our economic, social and environmental performance in 2017 and a huge part of that is detailing the steps we take to respect and look after our people.”

Healthy eating is also a priority and Trevelyan’s have introduced a nutritious salad and vegetable bar at their on-site café to benefit employees, and regularly organise fun run/walks and wellness information sessions to help care for staff.

Trevelyan’s annual staff satisfaction survey showed 98 percent of permanent staff reported either medium or high job satisfaction – a trend that has been steadily rising over the past four years.

“The recent media reports have presented a very narrow view of the kiwifruit industry,” Alister says. “The fact is, our packhouses are a nice place to work. The staff facilities are excellent, and we have a great café which is a wonderful place to have a break and interact with others. Our staff have a great time here and many don’t want the packing season to come to an end.”


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