The most recent job action in the summer of strikes took effect yesterday, forcing shoppers to look elsewhere for the latest in trendy Swedish home furnishings.

Around 300 staff at the unionized Richmond Ikea store went on strike after weekend negotiations between union members and management failed.

The key sticking point for members is the two-tier wage system, which has 125 staff members who were hired after August 2004 on a lower wage scale. They want this system abolished.


Doug McCann, manager of Ikea Richmond, said he was prepared for a strike but hoped it wouldn’t happen.

“Job action never is a good thing, and I’m just really discouraged that my co-workers are going to be hurt by this.”

He said Ikea offered a fair and reasonable proposal but members weren’t happy with it.

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