Farmers Birthday Offer an Insult to Workers
Release from the National Distribution Union
October 5, 2008
Workers at Farmers stores are planning a range of protest activities tomorrow.
The iconic Kiwi chain is celebrating its 100th year of operation with a paltry twenty cents an hour pay offer for two thirds of its staff.
NDU National Secretary Laila Harré says the glitzy smoke and mirrors of the company’s birthday celebrations makes a mockery of how they treat their staff.
“Farmers is owned by seriously wealthy people but their employees are barely able to survive on what they are paid.
“They have offered some staff a twenty cents an hour increase in our latest pay negotiations. Around 12 union members might qualify for a sixty cent rise but other conditions are such that around a third of Farmers workers could receive no wage increase at all.”
Ms Harré says her members will by demonstrating outside the Auckland’s Queen Street branch at 11:30 am tomorrow.
Staff on the job will be encouraged to wear stickers saying ‘I’m Underpaid’ to let customers know just how little the company respects its workers.
The union will also be paying a visit to the ‘rich–list’ owners Remuera residence and leafleting the neighbours.
“We will be bringing the reality of life on low wages to their doorstep.
“We have members who have been working for Farmers for many years and they are being rewarded for supporting the plush lifestyle the owners are living with the most insulting pay offer imaginable.”