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8 Jul 2019

John Anthony, Stuff

New Zealand: H&M employees stage strike over living wage after collective bargaining fails

"H&M Auckland staff strike after union members reject pay offer from fast-fashion retailer", 6 July 2019

Auckland workers at...H&M are refusing to keep clothing displays tidy and return clothes from fitting rooms as part of a strike against low wages...

...About 100 H&M union members at three H&M Auckland stores...are two days into the three-day strike.

First Union organiser Sarah Thompson said the industrial action related to a collective bargaining dispute around wages. Workers were wanting to be paid the living wage...

...In a written statement the Swedish fast-fashion giant said it took pride in being a fair and equal employer and was committed to reaching an agreement that supported the needs and well-being of H&M staff.

...A week ago union workers voted against an offer made by H&M following three days of collective bargaining...

"The offer from the company and what we are seeking to achieve are so far apart that we needed to start putting pressure on them now."

If H&M did not provide a satisfactory offer there would be further strikes...