Bunnings workers walk off the job

Labour MP David Cunliffe joins a protester at Bunnings New Lynn.
Maxine Gay

Labour MP David Cunliffe joins a protester at Bunnings New Lynn.

Bunnings workers protested at one of the country's newest DIY stores as the deadlock continues over new contracts.

About 40 staff picketed outside Bunnings New Lynn in West Auckland on Saturday, just a few months after the mega-store opened.

It is the latest strike action against Bunnings as workers protest new contracts across the country.

First Union secretary Maxine Gay said the DIY store is refusing to compromise with workers.

Under the contracts, workers would lose the right to mutually agree with their employer over hours and rosters, she said.

"Management will have the power to chop and change start and finish times, even what days of the week a worker is rostered on for can change on a manager's whim." 

Staff at the New Lynn store were hired on the new contracts meaning they had little control over rosters, she said.

Some staff were working seven-day weeks because they were afraid to anger bosses by turning down shifts, Gay said.

Workers from the North Shore and Glenfield Bunnings stores also joined the protest in New Lynn. 

About 300 workers have protested over the roster changes in recent weeks. 

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Bunnings has previously defended the contracts as industry leading.

The Australian-owned company offered employees a minimum wage increase of 4 per cent this year with a further guaranteed minimum of 2 per cent next year.

 - Stuff

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