NRT has a post entitled “Don’t shop at Bunnings“.
Apparently, I should show my disapproval by not shopping there.
I love his reasoning.
In Australia, it pays well above the minimum wage – NZ$18.44 / hour, which will increase to NZ$19/hour in July (the Australian minimum wage is A$13.74 or NZ$15.80 / hour). The reason for this difference? In Australia, they stil[sic] have unions, whereas in New Zealand collective bargaining was stifled by National’s Employment Contracts Act.
Given the ECA is ancient history, I suspect that the real reason that Bunnings New Zealand offers such low wages is that there are people who will work for them. If someone offered me those wages in a contract, I’d look at the guy, laugh and walk out the door. The question is, why have their employees not done that?
Since there is not a single person working at Bunnings who is forced to work there, and I strongly suspect that most could quite happily work in Australia if they so wished, I will decline the offer of a boycot and continue to enjoy the low, low prices that Bunnings provides. Maybe next time I’m there I’ll ask someone what he’s paid.
Who knows, maybe he’ll change my mind?