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Union calls on Dunedin New World to close North-South wage gap

Date of Release: 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

FIRST Union, the union representing working people in retail, is criticising Dunedin’s Centre City New World for keeping wages lower than equivalent stores in the North Island. 

“Foodstuffs stores in the South Island are paying their workforce up to $2 less per hour than workers in unionised stores in the North Island,” explained FIRST Union Dunedin organiser Shirley Walthew. 

Union members and their community supporters are picketing Centre City New World on Saturday from 11am to 1pm in an effort to highlight the wage gap.

Union pickets Foodstuff’s Christchurch headquarters after workers turn to charities for food

Date of Release: 
Friday, August 5, 2016

The union representing working people in Pak’n Save and New World stores is picketing Foodstuff’s South Island CEO Steve Anderson after learning that some South Island supermarket workers are turning to charities for help feeding their families.

FIRST Union national organiser Bill Bradford says Foodstuff’s store owners in the South Island run a business model that keeps wages and working conditions at a minimum.

South Island Pak’n Save and New World workers to be unionised

Date of Release: 
Friday, November 6, 2015

The retail workers’ union is about to begin recruiting members in Foodstuffs franchises across the South Island in an effort to lift pay and conditions to match those in the North Island.

According to FIRST Union National Organiser Bill Bradford, Foodstuff’s South Island stores have traditionally been difficult to deal with. 

“Franchise owners in South Island Pak’n Save and New World stores tend to frown on workers who join the union.”

Foodstuffs DC settlement

Article Date: 
Sunday, June 30, 2013

A new Foodstuffs Auckland Distribution Centre agreement has been reached.

Youth rates decried

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Supermarket staff are going back to the bargaining table following a workers' protest to prevent youth rates being introduced in their store.

Workers rally at Pak n Slave

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FIRST Union's Maxine Gay speaks on Radio NZ's Morning Report on Pak n Save's low wages.

FIRST Union on Marcus Lush Breakfast on RadioLIVE

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FIRST Union's Maxine Gay speaks with Marcus Lush on RadioLIVE.

Giant rat outs South Auckland’s rat supermarket employer

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Following today’s action outside PaknSave Royal Oak, the attention turns tomorrow morning to PaknSave Manukau, where a picket will be joined by a giant inflatable rat from 8.30am.

Pak n Save workers speak out against youth rates

Article Date: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Pak n Save workers were the first to speak up against the new youth rates law which came into force today.

‘Opportunist’ introduction of youth rates won’t be taken lying down

Date of Release: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

As the government’s new youth pay law comes into effect today, a large group of Auckland supermarket workers are taking action to prevent a wage cut through youth rates being introduced in their stores.


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