Some staff of the hardware chain Bunnings Warehouse have walked off the job, in protest at the terms of a draft collective contract.
First Union said Bunnings was proposing to chop and change start and finish times for staff across the country, leading those at the Mount Maunganui branch to strike yesterday afternoon.
Union secretary Maxine Gay said workers had a right to consistent and predictable hours, and the proposal went against that.
But Bunnings said any changes would be discussed with the affected worker before they were made, and individual commitments would be taken into account.
It said the collective contract also guaranteed staff a minimum pay rise of 4 percent this year, and 2 percent next year.