Meal breaks restored and wages increased for Cotton On workers

Cotton On workers are welcoming significant changes made to wages and working conditions following the controversy around Cotton On's attempt to invoke the Government's "tea break" law.

FIRST Union General Secretary Robert Reid says rest and meal breaks have been restored.

In addition workers are also offered a redundancy package and a penal rate for overtime work as well as an increase in Cotton On workers’ wages.

These changes are all a part of a new collective agreement made between Cotton On and FIRST Union.

Robert Reid says, “Workers at the Cotton On distribution centre are pleased with the outcome from negotiations.  FIRST Union also thanks the public for their generous and overwhelming support.”

Last week, Labour MP Kelvin Davis told Te Kāea that concerns raised by First Union NZ in regards to tea and meal breaks for staff at Cotton On will not be the last.

He said that Labour was in strong opposition to the changes due to concerns that some employers would take advantage of the changes.