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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.

Fast food giant rejects youth rates

Date of Release: 
08/04/2013
Retail secretary for First Union Maxine Gay said Foodstuffs, which operates New World and Pak'n Save, have said they would be interested in greater use of youth rates. She is calling for them to join other retail giants in the rejection of youth rates.

Pak n Save & New World sticking out like a sore thumb over youth rates

Date of Release: 
Saturday, April 6, 2013

Supermarket operator Foodstuffs is isolating itself as a low wage employer for young workers, and should instead take the lead from the large fast food firms and others in retail who have opted out of youth rates, the retail workers’ union said today.

Record membership at Countdown

Article Date: 
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Union membership at Countdown stores has hit its highest numbers - with now 6100 union members in 168 Countdown stores.

Youth wage move devaluing

Date of Release: 
25/03/2013
Kmart, Countdown, Bunnings and Farmers were some of the major chains which operated without a youth wage rate, Maxine Gay said. "They all operate completely and utterly successfully without youth rates."

Youth-rate move appals

Date of Release: 
21/03/2013
"It's utterly appalling and is really yet another attack on workers," retail secretary Maxine Gay said.

Countdown wages going up again

Article Date: 
Monday, February 11, 2013

Countdown workers’ wages are going up again, by 3 per cent.

In January the final instalment of a two year deal that saw wages rise by 10% in 4 stages was paid out to workers.

Union members get their payrise two months early.

Countdown Kilbirne worker Cheryl says it’s been good getting regular payrises and it makes workers feel valued.

Foodstuffs merger opportunity to improve workplace relations and lift poverty wages

Date of Release: 
Friday, February 8, 2013

A potential merger of the two North Island Foodstuffs cooperatives should be used as an opportunity to improve workplace relations and lift their very low wages, the union for workers at the company says.

Fewer Christmas retail jobs on offer

Date of Release: 
30/11/2012

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.

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