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Source: First Union

FIRST Union members at Wellington’s Cotton On retail stores (Lambton Quay, Cuba Street, Porirua, Queensgate) are taking strike action outside Cotton On’s Cuba Mall store on Saturday to protest the company’s ongoing refusal to pay a living wage or reach any fair wage settlement with retail staff, with protracted negotiations continuing since April. For many of the store’s young workers, it will be their first time taking strike action. 
Outside Cotton On, Cuba Mall, 82-92 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011   
Saturday 9th November, 1:15-2:00pm
“Retail workers have reached the point of voting for strike action following Cotton On’s refusal to live up to its own PR-conscious claims of being an ethical business that pays its workers fairly,” said Tali Williams, FIRST Union Secretary for Retail and Finance.
“These young workers are frustrated to keep reading the green-washed, hopes-and-dreams, fair trade image that Cotton On like to publicise when many of its retail workers are still on minimum wage, and the company’s latest offer would make new arrivals even worse off.”
“Retail workers at Cotton On have never taken industrial action before, but after meeting a brick wall, they’ve decided that enough is enough and the public deserve to know what kind of business they will be supporting in the lead-up to Christmas.”
Cotton On members have a Collective Agreement covering both retail and distribution centre workers, and FIRST Union members have been attempting to negotiate with the company since April 2019. Their most recent offer was worse than their first and doesn’t take workers – in retail or the distribution centre – to the living wage, despite the company claiming to provide “a pathway to the living wage”, a “people first focus” and a “commitment to recognise and reward their staff.”