Bunnings offers living wage to workers

Bunnings22Bunnings has agreed to pay workers a living wage, joining FIRST Union retail members’ Worth It living wages campaign, after collective bargaining by Bunnings union members.

The company has offered the living wage of $20.55 to staff, lifting base pay rates by $2 per hour.

“This is a massive victory for retail workers in New Zealand,” says Tali Williams, FIRST Union’s retail, finance and commerce division secretary.

“This negotiated offer from Bunnings will change workers lives. It recognises the Living Wage is a necessity to ensure working people are thriving not struggling to survive.

“It’s a major win, these 4000-odd workers are worth it and today validates that.”

Williams goes on to thank members who were involved in negotiations, and to those who persevere until the deal was offered. Members will vote on the offer in the coming weeks.

The living wages campaign was crafted in response to the overwhelming underpayment and underemployment of workers in the retail sector.

“We have to decide whether to buy food or school uniforms,” one spurred worker commented, with another noting they can’t afford to take their children to the doctors.

In light of comments such as this, the union said the campaign was set up as an opportunity for retail brands to instil more ethical work practices.

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