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Friday, November 25, 2005

Brings A Tear To Your Eye ...

Despite having over 10,000 outlets worldwide (7,500 of which seem to be in Manhattan) Starbucks, the evil mega-chain with the coffee that's blacker and more bitter than their black hearts, have just seen its first worker's strike. And bravo - it happened only four hours away from here, in New Zealand!

New Zealand's industrial relation system - reformed in many of the same ways as Australia's is planned to be - has been blamed for doing such things as creating a gulf between the rich and poor and pushing a generation of young workers offshore to Australia, where they can be better remunerated for their skills.

Interestingly, one of the main arguments of New Zealand Starbucks workers is that their near neighbours in Australia earn $5 more per hour and enjoy better conditions. But ... for how long ...

With thanks to LeftVegDrunk for the tipoff. Video of the strike available at New Zealand's TV3 - plus, lend your support at Super Size My Pay.

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