Another strike for Bunnings workers

  • 31/10/2015
Another strike for Bunnings workers

Bunnings workers are striking again over proposed roster changes.

Police had to break up a protest on October 17 outside Bunning's New Lynn store in Auckland.

About 50 people including six staff were protesting and 12 people forced their way into the building and damaging doors.

Talks broke down yesterday after the company refused to compromise on rostering, FIRST Union retail and finance secretary Maxine Gay says.

Workers will strike outside the Mount Roskill store from 10am to midday today.

Bunnings wants workers to be available for work, but with no guarantee of stable rosters.

Start and finish times or days could change without agreement between the manager and the worker, Ms Gay said.

Bunnings has said it opens seven days a week and team flexibility is key.

Its contracts offered regular fixed hours, with rosters set at least four weeks in advance that can take into account significant commitments and family responsibilities.

It has offered a four percent pay rise this year, with a minimum hourly rate of $17.50, followed by a two percent rise next year.