29 August 2006
Unions Called To Get Behind Striking Distribution Workers
The Council of Trade Unions is calling on all unions to get in behind distribution centre workers who have been locked out by their employer, Progressive Enterprises.
"Management at Progressive Enterprises have been heavy-handed and bullying since the start of the workers' action," CTU president Ross Wilson said.
"We are encouraging unions to support the campaign through messages of solidarity, and with financial support for the locked out workers."
"Union members can also give support by not handling goods that would be processed by the supply chain workers Progressive has locked out."
The unions' campaign for a single national collective agreement was backed by the wider union movement, Ross Wilson said.
"Woolworths Australia is making a massive profit from the New Zealand operation, and the pay rate variability across the company is unfair when the work is identical, regardless of whether it is carried out in Auckland, Palmerston North or Christchurch."