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Pak’n’Save workers at Richmond will be taking a strike action after five years waiting for ‘no’ deal, which resulted in failing a Collective Agreement or living wage.
“Members at Richmond Pak’n’Save have been in negotiation for their first Collective Agreement for five years, which is an absurd amount of time to be underpaid, undervalued, and uncertain about your entitlements and conditions,” said Ross Lampert, FIRST Union organiser for retail.
The strike, results in negotiating fair wages and conditions from the South Island Foodstuffs Cooperative when it was compared to the North Islands counterparts.
“Today, FIRST Union members will be withdrawing their labour and walking off at different intervals throughout the day and engaging with customers about why they’re on strike,” said Ross Lampert.
All Pak’n’Save stores are accordingly individually owned as a franchise but answer to the South Island Foodstuffs co-operative. This is different from the operations in the North Island.
FIRST Union has assigned a considerable number of Collective Agreements with Foodstuffs stores in the North Island which are re-negotiated on a yearly term.
“At a time when supermarkets are making huge profits, it’s shameful that the Richmond Pak’n’Save owners are continuing to fight against progress and trying to stall and delay bargaining at their employees’ expense,” said Mr Lampert.
“These are essential workers who will no doubt be called on again if the country returns to lockdown, and they deserve a real agreement that will protect them and ensure that they’re paid fairly when New Zealand needs them more than ever.”
“As it stands, the company’s most recent offer manages to come in below many workers’ current pay rates, most of which are already below a living wage.”