Workers from Farmers stores in the Auckland area will take part in a ‘Skinny Santa’ parade down Queen Street today to protest against their low rates of pay and for a $15 minimum wage.
Most Farmers staff are only paid between $12 and $13.50 an hour and the company’s latest pay offer would give the majority of workers a pay increase of just 20 cents an hour or less.
The parade is being organised by the National Distribution Union and leaves QEII Square at 11.30 am. It will stop to deliver a petition to the Chairman of the Board of Farmers before finishing at Aotea Square.
At the end of the parade Green MP Keith Locke will talk to workers about the Green Party’s policy for a $15 minimum wage.
So if you’re in Auckland today make sure you pop on down and show your support.
What: Skinny Santa Parade
When: 11. 30 am today
Where: Queen Elizabeth Square to Aotea Square