Tegel workers get 7.25pc rise

MATT RILKOFF
Last updated 12:50 05/12/2012

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Taranaki Tegel workers have secured a 7.25 per cent pay rise after a week of tense negotiations.

Approximately 230 Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing union members have been threatening strike action since last Wednesday in a bid to get pay-parity with their Christchurch and Auckland counterparts.

EPMU lead organiser Wayne Ruscoe said members had now accepted a 7.25 per cent pay rise spread over the next two and a half years.

''A majority of that will be paid immediately and backdated for six months so that will be a nice Christmas bonus for our members. We are rapt with it. It's been hard yakka,'' he said.

With close to half of Taranaki Tegel workers understood to be union members, any strike action would have immediately impacted on production.

It is believed the threat of industrial action only came six months after the collective agreement had expired and union members had rejected the company's initial offer.

Mr Ruscoe said workers at Tegel's Christchurch and Auckland operations earned around eight per cent more than Taranaki workers and there was no reason for the difference.

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