Friday, September 15, 2006

NDU And Progressives Agree over Supermarket Workers


Just a quick update, the National Distribution Union has just come to an agreement with Progressives covering progressives over 4,000 supermarket workers though this has not been agreed to by workers yet. Unfortunately this agreement does not cover the 500 locked out distribution workers and progressives appears to be set on starving them out. I do not have details of the agreement yet as workers have not yet voted on it. It is suprising that this agreement came so quickly (less than a week) and Laila Harre put this down to bargaining. I only hope that Progressives are the one who backed down here and that the union has not settled for a low offer before industrial action could be taken.

Photo from NDU picket a while ago.

4 comments:

George said...

Well, they couldn't exactly lock out the checkout workers...

David Munro said...

Yes they could have locked out the checkout workers and were probably planning to do so. The unionsised retail workers comprise about 25% of the workforce (probably less in fact) and with the shelves emptier and the customers fewer Progressive would probably have cheerfully done without 25% of their staff for a while whilst rewarding their 'loyal' non-union employees with extra hours if they were needed.

George said...

Well, they could have, but it would have been a PR disaster - the checkoutworkers are much more visible, and much more numerous.

You are completely right about it being a possibility.

Abdul said...

its all to do with the right wing think tanks of the time