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Halloween strike as Bunnings refuses to budge on rostering

Date of Release: 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Bunnings workers are returning to the picket line tomorrow after talks broke down on Friday as the company refused to compromise on rostering, says FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay.

“Bunnings wants the power to demand that workers are available for work, but without guaranteeing stable rosters.”

“Rosters are currently set by mutual agreement between managers and workers, but Bunnings wants to remove that requirement and hand bosses the power to change rosters on a whim,” says Gay.

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.”

Bunnings workers strike to “save our family time”

Date of Release: 
Friday, October 16, 2015

Workers at Bunnings New Lynn, Botany, Mt Wellington and Manukau will walk off the job tomorrow, meaning further disruption for Auckland DIYers after a national strike at the end of September.

Bunnings workers to strike at landmark store

Date of Release: 
Saturday, October 3, 2015

After 300 Bunnings workers hit the picket line last week, workers from Bunnings New Lynn, North Shore and Glenfield will walk off the job and join community members demonstrating outside Bunning’s landmark new store in New Lynn at 11am tomorrow, says FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay.

“Bunnings is refusing to compromise with workers. 99 percent of our members voted to reject the company’s offer, that’s a clear message that these workers want to retain a work-life balance.”

Manawatu workers to picket in national strike at Bunnings

Date of Release: 
Friday, September 25, 2015

After strikes at Bunnings Botany and Mt Wellington at midday, Bunnings workers at the Palmerston North and Fielding stores are walking off the job between 2pm and 4pm to protest against the company’s attempt to impose insecure contracts, says FIRST Union organiser Dion Martin.

“Bunnings is proposing a collective agreement that will hand bosses the power to chop and change start and finish times without the worker’s agreement.”

Bunnings strikes continue as Auckland workers walk off the job

Date of Release: 
Friday, September 25, 2015
After workers from four stores held a strike outside Bunnings head office yesterday, other stores are following suit as workers from Bunnings Botany and Mt Wellington prepare to picket outside the Botany store at midday today, says FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay.

Strike action at Warehouse Rotorua and Bunnings Mt Maunganui

Date of Release: 
04/09/2015

Business Day covered the growing strike wave in the retail sector. 

Workers are standing up for a better deal. 

Warehouse workers still striking after low wage offer

Date of Release: 
Friday, September 4, 2015

After strikes at the Warehouse Manukau, Blenheim and New Lynn, workers at the Warehouse Rotorua will walk off the job at 12pm today says FIRST Union organiser Dennis Maga.

Bunnings workers vote for strike action

Date of Release: 
Thursday, September 3, 2015

Workers at Bunnings Mount Maunganui are walking off the job at 1pm today after learning that the company is proposing a change which will remove the right to determine their start and finish times, says FIRST Union Retail and Finance Secretary Maxine Gay.

“While most companies are scrambling to remove this sort of insecure work model, Bunnings is taking off in the other direction.”

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