Foodstuffs announces 10 per cent allowance for essential employees, payments for vulnerable workers during four-week lockdown
From the beginning of this unfolding Covid-19 event, Foodstuffs
has believed that two things matter, the safety and wellbeing of
our team and customers and the assurance that groceries will be
available for New Zealanders.
The Foodstuffs co-operatives consisting of 428 independent
business members across the PAK'nSAVE, New World and Four Square
brands, all fundamentally believe that our vulnerable people need
looking after. The current situation Covid-19 has been fast moving
requiring the business to deal with extreme demand and rapidly
changing retail operations. While some stores might not have got
the position around paying their staff right as this has changed,
it is the promise of all of the co-operatives members they will all
have it right moving forward.
Foodstuffs co-operatives nationally announced today all waged
front-line, distribution and transport employees nationwide will
receive a 10 per cent allowance on top of their pay for the hours
worked throughout the four-week Alert Level 4 lockdown. This is in
recognition of their willingness to ensure New Zealanders' grocery
needs are met and for the tireless commitment they continue to
The co-operatives also confirmed all medically certified
vulnerable employees nationwide who are unable to work during the
lockdown, will be paid during this period and supported as they
self-isolate at home.
"We are operating in extraordinary times and as the
situation evolves, we learn and determine more about what we can do
next as a business to support our people and New Zealand,"
says Chris Quin, CEO, Foodstuffs North Island. "We will remain
open for New Zealanders throughout the lockdown and in order to do
so, we need our key employees on the front-line and throughout the
"We've been totally focused on keeping shelves full and
ensuring our customers and teams are safe. Now that we have a
better handle on these things, it's time to clear up how we're
supporting our committed and essential team members."
"This is an historic period for New Zealand, and we are
extremely grateful to our teammates who come to work every day to
serve New Zealanders during this trying time," says Steve
Anderson, CEO, Foodstuffs South Island. They deserve extra
recognition for their commitment and we're proud to give it to
Every waged front-line, distribution centre and transport team
member working through the lockdown will receive a 10 per cent
allowance each pay cycle for the four-week duration of Alert Level
Foodstuffs defines front-line and distribution centre team
members as the following: waged employees across all Foodstuffs
retail stores nationwide (New World, PAK'nSAVE, Four Square),
distribution centres and transport teams.
Vulnerable workers are determined by the Ministry of Health's
Vulnerable Assessment criteria on what health conditions or other
complicating factors define an individual as vulnerable.
"We are proud of the leadership our people have exhibited
over the last couple of weeks," says Anderson. "Our
employees are the mainstay of what we do, and we couldn't be there
for New Zealand if it wasn't for them. Thank you."