Countdown workers win pay rise

Countdown workers win pay rise

Workers at two Auckland Countdown supermarket distribution sites have won a pay rise following a three-day strike.

The settlement includes a 5% wage rise for the next year and a 3.9% increase for a reduced nine-month term the following year, says FIRST Union.

Some 700 workers walked off the job after the supermarket chain declined to offer pay increases in line with the rising cost of living in the city.

The new agreement makes employees at the two sites some of the highest paid distribution workers in the country, according to the union.

The supermarket chain said it was pleased to have reached an agreement.

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