A surge in net profit by the country's main retail banks late last year was made on the back of challenging staff conditions, bank worker union FIRST claims.
If small businesses can't afford to pay their staff a living wage, they should probably not be in business at all, a union leader says.
Consumer electronics chain Dick Smith has rejected rumours it is slashing staff hours amid reports the retail sector is cutting back on Christmas casual workers.
Bus drivers are people, not zoo animals" and need proper toilet facilities instead of having to rely on public toilets and petrol stations, unions say.
It is the 112th Labour Day today, but on the Left it seems there is a cloud over celebrations.
First Union says if the Government wants to help New Zealand's ailing manufacturing sector it must do an about-face on procurement and show a real commitment to buying local.
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