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Workers at Pak’N’Save Henderson still waiting on pay agreement as store closure approaches
FIRST Union members at Pak’N’Save Henderson, which is due for closure by the coming weekend before being demolished and
eventually rebuilt, are taking partial strike action this week in a last-ditch attempt to reach a fair Collective
Agreement that was promised to them earlier in the year and then withdrawn, FIRST Union said today.
“It’s heart-breaking that in the last week of some of these workers’ jobs, they are still having to fight to ratify an
agreement that was promised to them months ago,” said Tali Williams, FIRST Union Secretary for Retail and Finance.
“But far from being broken-hearted, these members are angry and energised – some of them have been with Pak’N’Save for
years, and instead of getting a thank-you with their redundancy, they feel like they’re getting a middle finger for
their years of service.”
Members at Pak’N’Save are taking partial strike action (activities constituting industrial action without the withdrawal
of labour) and requesting that Foodstuffs’ management step into the impasse, as they have lost faith in Henderson
franchise owner Mr Rayner Bonnington, who they hold personally responsible for scuppering attempts to bargain in good
faith and reach an Agreement that was initially promised to staff in July 2019.
“The workers are feeling pretty gutted, to be honest,” said Ms Williams. “They’re in disbelief that an employer they’ve
been with for so many years would just turn his back on staff because the supermarket’s being demolished and he thinks
he can cut and run.”
“It seems really negligent and cruel to take a fair agreement away from them when many are facing redundancy and feeling
a lot of uncertainty about what’s going to happen next in their working lives.”
“Members are keen to show Pak’N’Save that they do still have something to lose – their reputation – and it would be so
much easier to live up to their end of what was agreed three months ago, showing workers the tiniest bit of gratitude
for all of their work over the years.”
Putting Workers First
FIRST Union is New Zealand's second-largest private sector trade union.
Formed in 2011 after the merger between the National Distribution Union and Finsec, FIRST Union represents 27,000
workers in the Finance, Industrial (Textile and Wood), Retail, Stores, Transport and Logistics sectors.
FIRST Union is also affiliated to the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions and runs several networks including the Union
Network of Migrants, the Runanga, Fono and Womens' Committee. In 2015 FIRST Union launched Samoa First Union, Samoa's
only private sector union.
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