News from First Union
Workers at Fletcher Building’s Crane Distribution NZ in Onehunga have taken strike action in support of a better pay offer.
The workers, in the company’s distribution centre in Neilson Street, are facing a Fletcher-wide pushback on any pay rises over 2 per cent. They walked off the job yesterday.
FIRST Union organiser Jared Abbott said the workers were paid between $32,500 and $36,000 a year, which was not an adequate living wage, and the workers were seeking a 3 per cent increase.
“Crane is one of the most profitable parts of Fletcher Building Limited. Its operating earnings were $106 million in the year to 30 June 2012, up 14 per cent on 2011, and second only to Concrete in terms of the group’s most profitable divisions,” he said.
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“It’s no wonder then that CEO at the time, Jonathan Ling, said in August they were very pleased with the contribution from Crane to the group’s profit.”
“When it comes to sharing a little of that profit with the workforce that helps it achieve these results, Fletcher’s Crane Distribution have fallen well short of the mark.”
“A company-wide pay rise cap of 2 per cent is not good enough. Crane Distribution NZ’s workers are calling for a better offer to help lift their wages to a decent level.”
The National Distribution Union and Finsec joined forces in October 2011 to form New Zealand’s newest union – FIRST. The union represents 27,000 people working in Finance, Industrial (Textile and Wood) Retail, Stores & Transport. http://firstunion.org.nz