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Workers on strike at Burger King New Zealand for better pay and conditions
June 15th, 2018 by Massimo

Burger King workers at several cities in New Zealand are balloting for industrial action following striking after a strike ballot for higher pay and better rights at work following a year of negotiations between Unite Union and the fast food chain. The union is considering expanding the strikes following the company’s failure to attend mediation talks for three weeks.

According to Unite Union national secretary Gerard Hehir Burger King workers are among the lowest paid workers in the fast food industry. Store managers are on NZD 16.88 per hour, 38 cents above the minimum wage, and workers on salaries are expected to do excessive hours of unpaid overtime. Managers at McDonald’s get the living wage (NZD 20.55 as set by the Living Wage Movement Aotearoa New Zealand) and those employed by KFC, Pizza Hut and Starbucks earn “NZD 23, NZD 24, NZD 25 an hour”, Hehir said.

In addition to paying workers “significantly” less than Wendy’s and McDonald’s, Burger King also had “a lot” of health and safety issues, Hehir said.

Unite Union has 500 Burger King members, around 40 per cent of its workforce.


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