24 Apr 2020

Supermarket staff bonus pay ends before it is given

From Checkpoint, 5:07 pm on 24 April 2020

As New Zealand's level 4 lockdown comes to end, Countdown and Foodstuffs workers who were promised a 10 percent pay bonus for their frontline duties will lose it. 

Staff have not seen any extra money yet. Sources tell Checkpoint they have not been paid the 10 percent bonus and will not receive it until the end of May.

There is a chorus of voices among workers and shoppers, who would like to see it continue.

Staff have told Checkpoint the decision to stop the 10 percent bonus is offensive and they feel disheartened after putting themselves and their families at risk for their employer.

Countdown's Corporate Affairs General Manager Kiri Hannifin declined to be interviewed about the issue on Friday.