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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

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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.

Workplace no place for pushing and shoving

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Monday, November 19, 2012

FIRST Union says that while there may be a bit of leeway for getting physical on the rugby field, there is no place for it in the workplace and that shop workers should be treated with respect by both customers and management.

“Retail staff head into the Christmas season knowing it will be more difficult and stressful,” said FIRST Union Retail Sector Secretary Maxine Gay. “The number of abusive incidents increases dramatically as the shops are busier and customers are under pressure.”

Big stores bright spot for jobless

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FIRST Union retail secretary Maxine Gay, said shop workers who joined unions had been able to win wage increases to keep up with the cost of living.

New World supermarket in Wainuiomata closes

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FIRST Union Retail Secretary Maxine Gay speaks to RadioLIVE about the closure of New World supermarket in Wainuiomata.

Briscoes staff disappointed with shareholders "greed"

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Shareholders are happy - but there are grumbles of disappointment amongst the staff at Briscoes.

Warehouse and Briscoe: a tale of two retail chains when it comes to workers

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Friday, September 7, 2012
Despite both trading well, the contrast between two major retail chains who have announced profits this week is significant when it comes to how their workforce is treated.

Retail bargaining news

Article Date: 
Thursday, September 6, 2012

FIRST Union members at some major retail chains are currently or have recently concluded bargaining with their employers.

Bunnings owner told to share the wealth

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 A Kiwi trade union has called on Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers, owner of the Bunnings hardware stores, to spread its wealth with its workers.

Strong Wesfarmers results sees Bunnings workers looking for dividend

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

News that Bunnings’ parent company in Australia has posted excellent profits today will be welcomed by their New Zealand workforce currently in negotiations for a wage rise, the retail workers’ union said.


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