Thursday, September 21, 2006

Lockout ends

The lockout of supermarket distribution workers has ended with workers and progressives coming to a settlement. The settlement comes after workers were locked out for a month, under the settlement the lowest paid workers get a 19.7% pay rise and workers achieved one of their key aims - pay parity across the country. This has been described as one of the biggest actions of our generation and has drawn unions together like i have never experienced. On the news tonight a long piece centered around a family which got to the point where they could not afford to feed their kids and overall the media have been quite sympathetic. As part of the collective agreement progressives are providing interest free loans of $1000 to workers who are struggling to make ends meet. The damage to progressives wrought by this action would run into the tens of millions of dollars and it will take the brand a while to recover from weeks of half fill and empty shelves. This was an attempt by a multi national to deny workers a chance for collective bargaining by a company that thought it could out last its low paid workers. It will be interesting to see how the unions bargain in future and if employers attempt to try these sort of tactics in the next few years. Progressives have succeeded in radicalising an entire community in south Auckland and throughout the country, thousands have been directly affected and tens of thousands have been indirectly affected. Those that have suffered empty shelves and weeks of stress will not quickly forget this lockout and will not forget the role the union has played in getting a fair settlment

4 comments:

Abdul el Razir said...
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John said...

Any comments attacking workers baselessly will be deleted, if you have a genuine comment to make that attacks the union feel free spam however will not be tolerated.

Eabha the Kiwi said...

Congratulations! Workers of the world...unite.

John D

Abdul said...

Socialism offers the answers...bugger those right wingers