Strike at Fisher and Paykel
by Selwyn Manning
One of the largest picket-lines to be
seen in recent years is demonstrating outside Auckland’s
Fisher and Paykel whiteware factory.
Around 1300 workers
are on strike after contract negotiations between Engineer’s
Union delegates and Fisher and Paykel management failed to
reach a settlement of wage claim.
The company offered an
increase of 3.25 percent this year and the same increase
again next year. Union delegates demanded a 5.5 percent
Delegates say many workers at the whiteware factory
receive low wages and are facing difficult financial times.
They want around an extra $20 per week.
The action is the
first on a large scale for Fisher and Paykel, the company
has a long tradition of excellent staff and management
The strike is expected to end tomorrow
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