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New Zealand Starbucks strike

Issue No. 1980

Demonstrating for union rights

Demonstrating for union rights

Workers across Auckland, New Zealand, joined the world’s first strike at Starbucks coffee shops last month.

“What began as an event to highlight the poor conditions of low paid and minimum wage workers turned into a show of solidarity and strength among Auckland’s Starbucks’ workers,” said Simon Oosterman, of SuperSizeMyPay.Com.

“More than 30 workers spontaneously walked out from 10 different Starbucks, joining KFC, Pizza Hut and McDonalds employees, and around 150 other supporters.

“Our campaign isn’t just about fair pay at work, it’s about social justice. Poverty wages are increasing the gap between rich and poor.”

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Sat 10 Dec 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1980
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