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

 


Introduction of Youth Rates Won’t Be Taken Lying Down

Media release: FIRST Union
Wednesday May 1, 2013           
 
‘Opportunist’ Introduction of Youth Rates Won’t Be Taken Lying Down
 
As the government’s new youth pay law comes into effect today, a large group of Auckland supermarket workers are taking action to prevent a wage cut through youth rates being introduced in their stores.
 
At 9.30am today FIRST Union members from Pak n Save Royal Oak are stopping work and will meet with workers from five other Pak n Save supermarkets, and from Foodstuffs’ two Auckland distribution centres, to plan their response to increasing employer hostility in pay talks.
 
From today employers can cut by 20% the minimum wage for 16 and 17 year olds, and 18 and 19 year olds who have been on a benefit for 6 months.
 
Today’s stop work follows the breakdown of pay talks in a number of Foodstuffs supermarkets.  A noisy picket will take place outside Pak n Save Royal Oak this morning.
 
“We have been bargaining with Pak n Save Royal Oak since September last year,” said Maxine Gay, Retail Secretary for FIRST Union.
 
“In all these months they have offered no payrise, and are trying their hardest to bring in youth rates.”
 
“Pak n Save and New World businesses are doing well.  They operated extremely profitably before the extended youth rates law came in today.  They are simply chasing an opportunity to get away with paying young workers less in order to make even greater profits.”
 
“Workers are fed up with the antics of Foodstuffs.  Across their supermarkets and distribution centre businesses they are acting in concert to strip down wages and conditions to the lowest level possible.”
 
Maxine Gay said workers would meet this morning to plan their next response.  She said that the meeting was the first time that workers from both the retail and distribution side of the business had come together in this way. 
 
“This reflects the growing anger among workers about the poverty wages the company pay,” she said.
 
Maxine Gay said Foodstuffs was isolating itself as a low wage employer of adults as well as young people among retain chains. 
 
Several other large chains have confirmed they will not be using the new youth rates law.  These include supermarket competitor Countdown, and other retail chains such as The Warehouse, Farmers, Kmart and Bunnings.  A similar confirmation has also been given by Restaurant Brands, operators of KFC and Pizza Hutt, Starbucks and some Carl’s Jr stores.
 
ENDS
 

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Labour/Greens Deal (And The NZDF)

If Labour and the Greens were hoping their Budget Responsibility Rules (BRR) agreement would foster an unlikely alliance then hey… mission accomplished! Because it isn’t every day that Sue Bradford, the CTU and Matthew Hooton speak with one voice, as happened yesterday.

Unfortunately though, it’s hard to see how the BRR agreement will work to the advantage of Labour and the Greens in the context of the 2017 election campaign. More>>

 

Until After The Election: Extension Of Report-Back Date For Havelock North Inquiry

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today that the report-back date for the independent Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking-Water has been extended at the request of the Inquiry’s Panel. More>>

ALSO:

Little Heading For Court: Apology Over Donation/Hotel Contract Claims Not Accepted

Today I want to publicly apologise unreservedly to Mr Hagaman for any hurt, embarrassment or adverse reflection on his reputation which may have resulted from my various media statements. I have offered that apology to the Hagamans. More>>

ALSO:

Biscuit Tin Of Democracy: World Heritage Site Protection, Ombudsman and Equal Pay Bills Drawn

On Thursday, 23 March 2017 three places are available on the Order Paper for the first reading of a Member’s bill. The ballot was held, and resulted in the following bills being drawn... More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Plan: NZ Needs More Science, More Trees, Fewer Beasts

A combination of technology breakthroughs, much more plantation forestry, and a big switch away from pastoral, particularly dairy farming, are identified as the key elements of any approach New Zealand takes to reducing its carbon emissions to a net zero level, according to a new report sponsored by the New Zealand chapter of GLOBE, a multi-party, global parliamentary grouping. More>>

ALSO:

"Backed To Win Seats": Labour Māori Seat MPs Won't Stand On List

The Labour Party is backing a request from its Māori seat MPs to stand as electorate MPs only, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

OutsKey: John Key's Valedictory Speech

I rise to address this House for the very last time. It has been a huge privilege to have served the people of Helensville as their member of Parliament, and, of course, the people of New Zealand as their Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Productivity Commission: New Models Of Tertiary Education Are Coming

The report is a broad-ranging inquiry into how well New Zealand’s tertiary education system is set up to respond to emerging trends in technology and the internationalisation of education, and changes in the structure of the population, and the skills needed in the economy and society... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news