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 improved conditions, and three years later $12 an hour became the nationwide minimum wage for all workers. From April 2021 the adult minimum wage was $20 an hour.

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Mark Derby, 'Strikes and labour disputes - Legislation from the 1990s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 September 2021)

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