Bunnings staff are striking today after rejecting unfair contracts:
Bunnings staff striking at New Zealand stores
About 70 Bunnings workers delivered a strike notice at the company’s head office on Thursday.
First Union Retail and finance secretary Maxine Gay said Bunnings was proposing a collective agreement that would hand bosses the power to chop and change start and finish times without the worker’s agreement.
Although workers would have guaranteed hours over a fortnight under the new contracts, Bunnings was proposing a clause that would allow management to change what days of the week workers were rostered on, she said.
“Workers need certainty so they can plan things like childcare. You can’t plan your life when your work situation keeps changing,” Gay said. “This sort of insecurity is going to cause tremendous stress.”
— FIRST Union (@FIRST_Union) September 25, 2015
— Clare Curran (@clarecurranmp) September 26, 2015
Bunnings workers in Manukau have walked off the job to protest unfair contract changes. pic.twitter.com/ehyno2rXQd
— Wilhelmina Shrimpton (@WilShrimpton) September 25, 2015
— Darien Fenton (@DarienFenton) September 26, 2015
Don't shop today. pic.twitter.com/aCbSB2qtwx
— Helen Kelly (@helenkellyUnion) September 26, 2015