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Bunnings Committed to Best Team Delivering Best Service

New Zealand Media Statement

18 December 2015

Bunnings Committed to Best Team Delivering Best Service

Bunnings remains completely committed to providing an environment in which our team feel valued, respected and rewarded for the great job that they do.

We have put forward an industry-leading proposal that is available equally to all team members, whether they choose to have an Individual Employment Agreement or are part of the Collective Agreement, in which they are represented by First Union.

Bunnings employs over 3,700 team members in New Zealand, the vast majority of whom have chosen to accept, on an individual basis, the proposal that has been put forward.

It was unfortunate that a very small number of our team members felt the need to take action this week, whilst we continue to proactively pursue negotiations with First Union.

Bunnings’ offer will guarantee a minimum hourly pay rate of $17.50, meaning Bunnings team members will receive an absolute minimum increase of 4% this year with a further guaranteed minimum of 2% to be paid next year.

Bunnings stores are generally open 7 days a week with trading hours that start at 7am and on the whole run through to 7pm, so flexibility for our team to be there for our customers is key.

Contrary to speculative and misleading comments, Bunnings is wholeheartedly committed to supporting the needs of our team and providing a healthy work/life balance - we have no intention of making wholesale changes to individual team member rosters.

If the need for a change does occur, this will be done in full consultation with the team member with at least 4 weeks advance notice given to ensure that any significant commitments, such as family responsibilities, can be raised and taken into account.

Put simply, we do not and will not flagrantly “chop and change” team member hours or rosters.

- ENDS –

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