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 an hour. But unions acknowledged that no pay deal would entirely close the pay gap, given overall higher wages in Australia.
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