by Selwyn Manning
One of the largest picket-lines to be seen in recent years is demonstrating outside Auckland’s Fisher and Paykel whiteware factory.
Around 1300 workers are on strike after contract negotiations between Engineer’s Union delegates and Fisher and Paykel management failed to reach a settlement of wage claim.
The company offered an increase of 3.25 percent this year and the same increase again next year. Union delegates demanded a 5.5 percent rise.
Delegates say many workers at the whiteware factory receive low wages and are facing difficult financial times. They want around an extra $20 per week.
The action is the first on a large scale for Fisher and Paykel, the company has a long tradition of excellent staff and management relations.
The strike is expected to end tomorrow