Pay dis­pute set­tled

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The dis­pute be­tween 117 strik­ing work­ers at Cry­ovac Sealed Air Ltd in Porirua and their em­ployer was set­tled last week. Work­ers in the En­gi­neer­ing, Print­ing and Man­u­fac­tur­ing Union (EPMU) agreed to an an­nu­alised pay in­crease of 3.19 per cent for each of the next two years.

The set­tle­ment, which fol­lowed three weeks of strike ac­tion at the Porirua plas­tic bag man­u­fac­turer, was rat­i­fied at a spe­cial meet­ing of EPMU mem­bers on Novem­ber 22. Pre­vi­ously the em­ployer was of­fer­ing a 2 per cent pay rise over one year.

‘‘ This is a good out­come, high­light­ing the fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits of be­long­ing to a union col­lec­tive,’’ said EPMU or­gan­iser Mark James.

‘‘[This deal] is wel­come at a time when prices are ris­ing and the govern­ment has hiked GST.’’

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