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Bunnings Warehouse pay dispute

Bunnings Warehouse pay dispute

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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Malcolm McKinnon, 'International economic relations - Australia and New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/24819/bunnings-warehouse-pay-dispute (accessed 19 July 2019)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, published 11 Mar 2010