On Monday, workers at OceanaGold’s underground mine at Waihi voted unanimously for a second 48-hour strike, beginning at 7.15pm on Saturday, which will go ahead now that the company has refused to improve their offer in negotiations today.
The members had rejected a low-ball offer of 2.2 percent during earlier pay talks.
E tū organiser Myles Leeson says that while the workers are keen on resolving the issues, they will remain staunch as they fight for what they deserve.
“We’re hoping for a resolution to this dispute, and that means a realistic pay rise,” Myles says.
“The offer of 2.2 percent is well below what the company can afford, and what the workers are worth.
“The workers know they aren’t getting what they deserve, and they are very committed to continued industrial action while the pay offer remains so poor. Support for this second action has been rock solid.”
Myles says that the workers deserve their earned share of the record profits the company has enjoyed this year.