And so it's over. After 4 weeks, Progressive Enterprises has reached a settlement with their locked-out distribution workers. And while neither side can claim total victory, looking at the settlement terms, it looks as if the workers won. While they didn't get a national collective agreement, they got the next best thing: three agreements with the same terms, including pay parity between all three centres within two years, and grandfathering of current pay rates for existing Palmerston North workers so no-one is left worse off. They also gained above-inflation pay-rises for the next three years, 5 weeks annual leave for senior staff, and a $1000 interest-free loan to help them cover the costs of being locked out. And they got all this because they stuck together - the union made them strong.
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