Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


NZEI Supports Locked Out Supermarket Workers

September 7, 2006

NZEI Supports Locked Out Supermarket Workers

Members of the country’s largest education union, NZEI Te Riu Roa, are greatly concerned that Progressive Enterprises is trying to starve its distribution centre workers into submission over their bid for employment parity and a national collective agreement.

The Australian-owned company has locked out 600 workers employed at distribution centres in Auckland, Palmerston North and Christchurch. They supply dry goods to Woolworths, Countdown, and Foodtown supermarkets and FreshChoice and SuperValue stores.

These workers, who are on low wages, have not been paid since August 25, when they went on strike to support their claim for a national collective agreement and for pay parity across the distribution centres. Progressive Enterprises responded by locking them out on August 28.

“This is a classic case of a huge corporation using its financial muscle to try and bully and starve its workers into submission,” says NZEI Te Riu Roa Immediate Past President, Colin Tarr.

Progressive Enterprises is owned by Woolworths Australia, which employs 140,000 staff in Australia and 18,000 in New Zealand. The company recently announced a profit of $1.2 billion, a 24% increase, and the company’s CEO, Roger Corbett, earns $10 million a year.

“It’s outrageous that a corporation making a profit of more than a billion dollars a year, is denying 600 workers the right to have a national collective agreement coverage and to be paid at the same level,” says Colin Tarr.

Primary teachers, that belong to NZEI Te Riu Roa, took industrial action in the 1990s to gain pay parity with their colleagues in secondary schools. And this year, kindergarten teachers, who also belong to the union, received pay increases that saw them achieve pay parity with school teachers.

“Primary and early childhood teachers have fought long and hard for parity,” says Colin Tarr.

“This is why they fully support the battle by the locked out supermarket supply workers to have employment parity throughout the country.” .

“It’s clear that Progressive Enterprises’ is practicing a divide and conquer approach by denying these workers a national collective agreement.”

“The company is adopting a 19th century approach to managing its staff and I believe the majority of New Zealanders find this unacceptable in the 21st century,” says Colin Tarr.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news