Story: Strikes and labour disputes

Starbucks employee on strike

Starbucks employee on strike

Zoe Connor, an Auckland Starbucks worker, joins the world’s first-ever strike against the multinational café chain in 2005. Ten branches of Starbucks went on strike to call for a minimum wage of $12 an hour. They won increased wages and conditions, and three years later $12 an hour became the nationwide minimum wage for all workers. In 2018 the adult minimum wage was $16.50 an hour.

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Mark Derby, 'Strikes and labour disputes - Legislation from the 1990s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/20512/starbucks-employee-on-strike (accessed 7 December 2019)

Story by Mark Derby, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Mar 2016