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Big pay rises as Sanford workers ratify new pay deal

Published: Fri 23 Aug 2019 04:58 PM
E tū members at Sanford Bluff are celebrating big pay rises after they voted unanimously to accept the company’s pay offer following wage bargaining last week.
The deal means 98% of Sanford Bluff workers will be earning the Living Wage or above, through a mix of higher wages as well as allowances.
Many workers were earning the minimum wage of $17.70. Including allowances, their pay will increase to the Living Wage of $21.15. Others will earn $22.36 an hour which is above the Living Wage.
The deal is backdated to 15 June. Workers who lost their jobs after restructuring at the plant will also receive backpay at the new rates up to their last day of employment.
“This is a fantastic victory for our members who have campaigned together with the Bluff community for the Living Wage for Bluff workers,” says Anna Huffstutler, E tū organiser and advocate.
“Sanford isn’t yet a Living Wage Employer so it’s not exactly where we want to be, but we have made a vital first step towards the Living Wage for our members and a significant move towards addressing low wages at Bluff,” she says.
Anna says the term is one year.
“That means we can come back next year and have a good shot at the Living Wage as a starting rate for all members.”
Sanford Bluff delegate, Linda Bevin says members are delighted with the pay increases.
However, she says Sanford is not yet an accredited Living Wage Employer, “so there is still work to do.”

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