What about the workers?

October 6, 2010

The Spark October 2010
Philip Fergusson

While the media has emphasised how everyone in Canterbury has pulled together in the aftermath of the quake, workers in a number of businesses have found themselves short of pay, being forced to work straight after the quake when they needed some recovery time and being forced to use up holiday pay. Well, at least until Unite union and local activists from groups like the Workers Party and Beyond Resistance got on their case.

Unite local organiser Matt Jones called for a “Tour of Shame”, a series of pickets for Sunday, September 19 to highlight four particular employers over these kinds of abuses. Two of the four outfits (a Subway store and Readings at the Palms) gave in before the Sunday. In the Subway case, this meant paying out their staff full pay. Read the rest of this entry »


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