Workers at the embattled Pan Pac Mill in Napier have voted for a twenty-four hour strike after rejecting the company’s miserly offer to settle a collective agreement.
‘When the company was struggling to turn a profit, our members agreed to forgo a pay rise and many of their hard-won benefits,’ said FIRST Union Hawkes Bay Organiser Mike McNab.
‘But now that the company is back in healthy profit, they’re refusing to acknowledge how hard our members worked to bring the company back in black.’
In the 2015 financial year the company made a gross profit of $34 million.
‘We’re calling on the company to do what’s fair and settle a decent collective agreement,’ said McNab.
FIRST Union and E tū are the two unions representing workers at the Mill.
The strike is expected to lead to a safe shut down of the company’s operations.