Lockout - workers at Godfrey Hirst shut out after fighting for living wage
Carpet workers at Godfrey Hirst have been locked out by their employer after a breakdown in negotiations over their
denial of a living wage for all staff.
Fifty locked-out workers will be on strike outside the store today in Wiri, Auckland, fighting for their futures.
Expect a loud and energetic picket line with workers reacting to the lockout with disbelief and frustration.
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