The Warehouse agrees to pay living wage

The Warehouse has reportedly agreed to pay thousands of staff a living wage.

The retail company agreed to the deal after four days of negotiations, Radio New Zealand reported last week.

If approved by First Union members, the decision would see 7000 employees at The Warehouse paid at least $20.50, with an increase to occur in August next year.

The wage would apply to First Union members with at least 12 months’ experience at The Warehouse, the national broadcaster reported.

First Union has been fighting for members to receive a living wage for over a year.

The union recently organised a stop-work meeting near Westfield’s St Lukes shopping centre in Auckland, which was attended by members from Countdown, Farmers, Kmart, The Warehouse and Bunnings.


First Union members at Farmers have been embroiled in industrial action to achieve a living wage.

Meanwhile, Kmart, Bunnings and some New World stores have already made the commitment to pay works a living wage.

The Warehouse Group has been contacted for comment.

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