New Zealand: Unite’s victory against “zero-hour contracts”
April 8th, 2015 by Massimo

The IUF affiliate Unite, active in the global Fast Food campaign, has negotiated an important agreement with Restaurant Brands, which owns the KFC, Pizza Hut, Carl’s Jr and Starbucks chains in NZ, to end “zero-hour contracts” (read more here and here) by July this year in a new collective agreement. Staff will be guaranteed at least 80% of the average hours worked in the previous three-month period up to a maximum of 32 hours a week.

Unite, which has 2000 members at the chain, will hold a vote among members in the coming weeks to ratify the new terms. “This is a gigantic step forward for workers in the fast food industry” says Unite National Director Mike Treen.

McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s are still refusing to move meaningfully on the issue and union members at all three chains have now voted in support of an industrial and public campaign to try and convince these companies that they have to also end zero-hour contracts . Unite is appealing for members of the public to help them in this campaign.

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