[23 September/Stuff]

New Zealand tomato growers will strike for 24 hours to protest low pay. The union representing the growers, First Union, said more than 100 growers and distribution and logistics employees at T&G Global would protest. Its lead organiser, Denise Roche, said the action was in protest of low pay and its refusal to negotiate a collective agreement. Workers from nine T&G sites would strike. Most workers were currently being paid minimum wage, however they wanted a living wage. The Government promised to lift the minimum wage to $20 by 2021. T&G Global Spokesman, Andrew Keaney, said it had a strong relationship with its staff. He added they had been acting in good faith while negotiating collective agreements. It was committed to working with First Union to resume negotiations and achieve a positive outcome for all.