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Essity Lockout Ends After Workers Accept Pay Rise Offer

The five-week lockout of the 145 Essity workers is over.

The pulp and paper union accepted a pay rise offer this morning.

They'll get a 5% pay rise and a $4000 payment this year, a 4.5% rise and $3000 next year and a 4% rise in 2024.

Union secretary Tane Phillip says, he's glad the lockout is over and the workers will be back on Monday.

"We have been overwhelmed by the support and donations from the Kawerau community and people all across New Zealand," Phillip says.

He says, they're going to have a celebration for all the union members and supporters.

"We'll then hold a karakia at the gates on Monday morning before heading back to work with our heads held high," Phillip says.

Essity's Kawerau General Manager, Peter Hockley says, reaching an agreement and getting the mill back in operation is in a good outcome for all.

“The focus for Essity now is on the long-term future of the Kawerau mill and rebuilding our relationships with the mill workers,” Hockley says.


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