Manawatu Standard

Kmart workers in line for pay rise


Kmart staff have signed a newdealwit­h the retail giant that includes paying them the living wage. First Union secretary for retail and finance Taliwillia­ms said Kmartwas the first major retailer to negotiate a newcollect­ive agreement that includes the current living wage. Under the agreement, newemploye­es at Kmartwould receive at least the current livingwage of $22.10 per hour after six months experience, and pay rates would also increase for coordinato­rs and distributi­on centre workers as well as salesworke­rs. The living wage in New Zealand is currently $22.10, but will increase to $22.75 in September. According to the Livingwage campaign, a not-for-profit group advocating for the livingwage around the country, a livingwage is the income necessary to provide workers and their familieswi­th the basic necessitie­s of life. Williams said the offerwas significan­t and set the bar for other major retail chains currently in bargaining with their workers, such as Bunnings, Briscoes, Cotton On and H&M.

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