Su­per­mar­ket work­ers protest

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Work­ers are claim­ing Pak’nSave should be re­named Pak’nSlave, after the su­per­mar­ket gi­ant re­fused to raise wages to the level of other su­per­mar­kets in Porirua.

After three months of ne­go­ti­a­tions, First Union mem­bers were of­fered a pay wage that was still more than a dol­lar an hour less than Count­down up the road.

About 30 peo­ple turned up to protest the low pay on Satur­day and Sun­day.

The group in­cluded teach­ers from lo­cal schools, two mem­bers of the St Anne’s Angli­can parish and a gi­ant in­flat­able rat.

Worker Sain­ima Risati has worked at Pak’nSave for eight years and was there show­ing his support for higher wages.

‘‘ The money that work­ers make there is so low. We need to support our fam­i­lies, but we can’t live on th­ese wages. We’re strug­gling,’’ he said.

‘‘It hurts to re­alise we’re at one of the low­est-paid su­per­mar­kets at the mo­ment. It’s not fair.

‘‘I’m a sin­gle par­ent – I’m do­ing this, tak­ing a stand, for my son.’’

The su­per­mar­ket pays most work­ers about the min­i­mum wage, and First Union or­gan­iser Richie Mor­ris said Porirua fam­i­lies and the wider com­mu­nity were be­ing let down.

‘‘Pak’nSave can af­ford to lift its work­ers’ wages sig­nif­i­cantly, but in­stead the store is denying a de­cent in­come for Porirua work­ers to prop­erly support their fam­i­lies,’’ he said.

Mor­ris said he wanted peo­ple to shop else­where un­til de­cent wages paid.

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