A combination of high housing costs and low wages are causing workers to take a wave of industrial action, according to the First Union.
The union said 20 distribution workers at car parts supplier Brake and Transmission (BNT) walked off the job on Wednesday, citing low wages and skyrocketing housing costs as the cause, and there had also been recent strikes at four other companies for the same reason.
First Union organiser Emir Hodzic who is representing the workers said working people in Auckland were struggling to keep up with escalating housing costs.
"Most wage earners will be spending more than half of their income on rent alone. People are struggling," he said.
"With housing costs skyrocketing, workers have no choice but to look to their employers to provide a wage they can afford to live on."
The union said workers at BNT were sitting on the minimum wage, but a large company like that should be paying its workers a living wage, he said
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