AFFCO Talley's has done a U-turn on stopping workers from attending the funeral of former Council of Trade Unions' boss Helen Kelly.
The Meat Workers Union claims its members were told their leave applications would be declined.
Now the Union's Director of Organising Darien Fenton says AFFCO bosses backed down this morning after a backlash on social media.
She says AFFCO Talley's was "just being mean" given "Helen Kelly meant so much to meat workers".
The two sides have been locked in a number of industrial disputes over pay and conditions in the past.
AFFCO Talley's has yet to comment.
A public memorial service will be held at Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre on October 28 from 1pm.
Ms Kelly died last Friday after a battle with lung cancer.