Australian hardware company Bunnings operated a chain of stores throughout New Zealand in the early 2000s. The common ownership highlighted the pay differential between Australia and New Zealand – New Zealand wages and salaries were around 25% lower. The pay differential featured in industrial stoppages in Bunnings stores in New Zealand in 2008 – an Australian employee could earn around $20 an hour doing the same job as a New Zealander who got $13.20. But unions acknowledged that no pay deal would entirely close the gap, as overall wages in Australia were higher.
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