A new collective agreement covering the four Progressive Enterprises Distribution Centres has limited the number of casual agency staff the company can use and created more permanent positions. The agreement creates 51 new permanent jobs this year and limits the number of agency temps that can be used at any one time to 30 percent (previously was as high as 60-70 percent).
Auckland Distribution Centre delegate Soala Mano Corditz said she was pleased with the result of bargaining.
"We have done well with the temps," she said. "We were going after that because we thought the temps were going to outnumber us and we wanted to get more permanents on the team. Now we have achieved this we will be trying to recruit the new workers to the union."
The agreement is for a two year term with increases of 3.25 percent each year.