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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.”

After Blenheim, workers at the Warehouse New Lynn vote for strike action

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

In a strike ballot held at 3pm today, workers at the Warehouse New Lynn have voted for strike action.

Workers will hit the picket line at approximately 3.30pm.

This follows strike action at the Warehouse Blenheim at midday today and the Warehouse Manukau last Thursday.

Further strikes are expected in the coming weeks. 

Industrial unrest spreads as Warehouse workers reject wage offer

Date of Release: 
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
  • Workers at the Warehouse Blenheim to strike after 30 cent wage offer
  • This follows a strike at the Warehouse Manukau on Thursday
  • More stores across the country to follow

Striking workers at the Warehouse Blenheim are calling on the company to live up to its own rhetoric and pay a decent wage, says FIRST Union organiser Dennis Maga.

Workers at the Warehouse Manukau walk off the job in “wildcat” strike

Date of Release: 
Thursday, August 6, 2015

Union members at the Warehouse Manukau are undertaking a “wildcat” strike* after rejecting the company’s measly offer of a 30 cent wage increase, says FIRST Union organiser Dennis Maga.

“If workers accept the offer of a 30 cent wage increase then that would only lift the lowest pay rate to $15.32 - nowhere near the levels needed to support a family in Auckland.”

“Workers were so insulted with the 30 cent offer that they voted to undertake a wildcat strike,” says Maga.

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