Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

A series of workers’ pickets will kick off

A series of workers’ pickets will kick off in the heart of Auckland retail tomorrow

Retail workers and their supporters will be making a statement in the centre of Auckland’s bustling Queen Street tomorrow over pay and performance conditions.

Auckland Farmers workers and their supporters will picket at 210 Queen Street tomorrow from 12:30 pm, and outside Farmers Queensgate in Wellington tomorrow from 12pm, media are invited to attend. This kicks off a series of planned pickets to take place outside Farmers stores over the coming weeks.

Farmers workers typically start on or near the minimum wage ($16.50), for most roles the pay scale ends around $17.50 and any pay increases from there are only obtained through performance pay reviews. Farmers members believe the performance pay review system is unfair. One such worker received multiple certificates with glowing reviews praising his customer service skills yet his latest performance review resulted in a C-grade despite all his efforts. Over half of Farmers members are on this grade or lower. The company’s latest offer was rejected by 93% of members. Farmers members presented a petition to management asking for the living wage and an end to performance pay with more than 600 signatures.

FIRST Union retail, finance and commerce secretary Tali Williams says workers want Farmers to phase out the performance pay system that holds wages down, and to pay their workers a living wage.

“We realise this cannot happen overnight, but for ethics sake it should be removed. How can they tout their brand as a family’s brand when at the same time their abysmal pay is causing manyfamilies to struggle?”

Ms Williams says the Farmers pay scale is substantively behind other retail employers. “It’s disappointing to see Farmers, a company steeped in so much New Zealand history as an iconic Kiwi brand, lagging so far behind in a time in New Zealand’s history when businesses are beginning to acknowledge they need to pay wages that workers can thrive on, not just survive.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

World Refugee Day: What 7 Former Refugee Kids Love About New Zealand

New Zealand resettles 1,000 refugees each year (a number set to increase to 1,500 by 2020). More than half of these people are children under 18.

RASNZ, a specialist mental health and wellbeing service provider for people from refugee backgrounds, wanted to know what some of these young people thought of their new lives as kiwis.

They asked 7 members of their specialist youth service (along with two staff members who work with refugee background youth) how they felt about New Zealand – and filmed the responses. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On A New Obstacle To The 'Hit & Run' Inquiry

With a minimum of publicity, a High Court ruling hit the tarmac last week concerning the use of security information that – if left unchallenged – could well cripple the recently announced government investigation into the Hit & Run allegations. More>>

DHB Offer Rejected: NZNO Seeking Urgent Mediation

The latest revised DHB MECA offer has been strongly rejected by NZNO members. However, Industrial Services Manager Cee Payne says that as nursing and midwifery is an essential service, mediation or facilitation will begin with urgency. More>>

ALSO:

Give Nothing To Bob Jones: Fundraiser For Filmmakers’ Defence Fund

Community campaigning organisation ActionStation have launched a Givealittle fundraising campaign in support of filmmaker and mum Renae Maihi. More>>

ALSO:

Building Bridges: National's Climate Commission Support Welcomed

Generation Zero welcomes the recent announcement by Opposition Leader Simon Bridges that he wants to take the politics out of climate change and work with other Parties to create an Independent Climate Change Commission. More>>

ALSO:

PSA Win: Living Wage For Core Public Service Employees

PSA members in the public service have secured a big victory - with all employees winning the right to be paid at least a Living Wage. State Services Minister Chris Hipkins says there will be a one-off adjustment in pay from 1 September, with all employees receiving an hourly rate of $20.55 ($42,744 per annum). More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages