Air NZ lock out

The Dom Post reports that Air NZ has locked out 145 staff who won’t sign up to new terms and conditions.

The check-in staff and baggage handlers involved – members of the Service and Food Workers Union – have refused new terms and conditions, which they say will cost them up to $20,000 a year.

Now if I am reading this correctly, this means each individual staffer would earn $20,000 a year less.  That gives me two thoughts:

  1. I’d bloody well refuse to sign a new contract also if it meant my pay dropped by $20,000.
  2. How much does a baggage handler earn, if their earnings can drop by $20,000 and still be presumably high enough to attract new staff?

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