Union de­mands par­ity from Pak ‘n Save

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A Porirua su­per­mar­ket is un­der fire from protesters de­mand­ing pay par­ity for the busi­ness’ em­ploy­ees.

First Union rep­re­sen­ta­tive Bill Brad­ford said Porirua Pak ’n Save work­ers de­served equal pay with su­per­mar­ket work­ers across the street and around the coun­try.

‘‘The work­ers at the Count­down across the street are get­ting nearly $2 an hour more than Pak ’n Save.’’

On Thurs­day morn­ing men dressed as the su­per­mar­ket’s ’stick man’ char­ac­ter handed out leaflets at the Paru­moana Street store en­cour­ag­ing shop­pers to con­tact the store man­ager in sup­port of his em­ploy­ees.

Brad­ford said it was the be­gin­ning of a cam­paign that would run for the next few days.

‘‘Bar­gain­ing has bro­ken down and Porirua Pak ’n Save has no in­ten­tion of keep­ing up with min­i­mum wage,’’ he claimed.

‘‘They’ve made an of­fer, it’s not enough, we’ve been to me­di­a­tion and now we’re tak­ing ac­tion.

‘‘They’re do­ing very, very well in a poor com­mu­nity, but they’re not pay­ing their work­ers enough.’’

He said he had ne­go­ti­ated with other Pak ’n Save own­ers and the Porirua store was the only one re­fus­ing to keep pace with the in­creased min­i­mum wage.

‘I’ve ne­go­ti­ated with Auck­land, Kaitaia, Napier, Hawke’s Bay, Hast­ings and Kil­birnie, who all pay more than Porirua.

‘‘The min­i­mum wage moved by 3.4 per cent and that’s our bot­tom line.’’

Store man­ager Garrod Brader couldn’t be reached for com­ment, but An­toinette Laird from Food­stuffs, which owned the Pak ’n Save brand, said each store set its own wages and rates var­ied around the coun­try.

She said Porirua Pak ’n Save paid within the range of all the stores and rates were based on the in­di­vid­ual skills and ex­pe­ri­ence of each team mem­ber.

‘‘Like any busi­ness, the owner of the busi­ness, in this case the store, is re­spon­si­ble for the em­ploy­ment re­la­tion­ship with their team.

‘‘We ex­pect our stores to pay their team fairly for a the job they do. Rates vary by store.’’

To sug­gest the store was not fol­low­ing the law and pay­ing above the min­i­mum wage was com­pletely in­ac­cu­rate, she said.

‘‘The store was ab­so­lutely pay­ing above the min­i­mum wage. As ne­go­ti­a­tions are on-go­ing we do not feel it is ap­pro­pri­ate to com­ment [fur­ther].’’

First Union says Porirua Pak ‘n Save work­ers de­serve pay par­ity with work­ers around the coun­try

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