Burger King News

Burger King News

Unite union supports the Labour Inspectorate’s enforcement action that has seen Burger King (Antares Restaurants) banned from getting new visas for migrant workers for a year. https://www.employment.govt.nz/resolving-problems/steps-to-resolve/labour-inspectorate/employers-who-have-breached-minimum-employment-standards/  The reason for then ban is for paying a salaried manager (and Unite union member) less than the minimum wage:  https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12097042 “This is a large high profile corporation and shows that this is not just a problem for small restaurants and fruit pickers - it goes right across most sectors and company sizes” said National Secretary Gerard Hehir. (Burger King has 83 Restaurants and employees over 2,600 staff. It first opened in New...
Burger King year long ban highlights massive wage theft problem

Unite Union wants answers from the government as to why hundreds of thousands of workers are still waiting to have the annual leave stolen from them in the past restored. It is three years since Unite first wrote to major employers in the fast food industry telling them that they were miscalculating annual leave for their staff. It is two years since MBIE, the government agency responsible, admitted being in error in the payment of their own staff. Last week we discovered that the firm Xero, who provide accounting software for a third of all New Zealand small businesses as...
Millions owed to workers - Stolen holiday leave needs repaying now

After a Burger King worker contacted their union organiser to see what could be done about being paid only minimum wage to run shifts, Unite has launched an investigation into our member's pay rates. What we have found is workers running shifts on various pay rates. Most are being paid as a Team Trainer but some are receiving the minimum wage. Based on job descriptions from the company and as per our Collective Agreement, workers running shift must be paid the Production Coordinator rate which is currently $16.58 per hour. The problem our members have come across when raising this...
Unite union launches investigation into Burger King worker's pay rates

An opinion piece from Unite Union Executive member Melissa Goodman A well deserved fist pump broke the air at a recent meeting of Unite union's executive delegates when it was announced that Salaried Managers will join hourly paid crew in negotiating for decent pay and working conditions for the first time ever as part of this year's contract negotiations. I am a participating member of Unite union's executive, as the elected delegate for Burger King - most recently working as a Shift Supervisor and Assistant Store Manager. As such, I understand first hand that Burger King employees experience some of...
Burger King managers to join crew at contract negotiations

  An 18 year old Burger King employee was assaulted by management on Sunday the 19th of February for monitoring temperature levels in an overheated and understaffed Burger King restaurant on Lincoln Road in West Auckland. Workers had been forced to work in 33 degree heat and been refused rest breaks for up to five hours as the drive through backed up. Crew took it upon themselves to get a thermometer from nearby Burger Fuel workers, record the temperature at 33 degrees and call the air conditioning repair company after restaurant management failed to take action. Unite Union has repeatedly...

By Anna Burns-Francis Reporter Hardworking Kiwis keeping our fast-food and hospitality industries afloat are technically employed, but they’re not guaranteed any work. They’re hired on zero-hour contracts, and for the second week in a row, Mohammad Ismail’s been given zero hours’ work at Burger King. “It’s rubbish,” says Mr Ismail. “I only get $14.25 per hour – you can’t survive on it. No one would like to work for just two hours.” So what does the Employment Minister Michael Woodhouse think of the contract?
Minister to zero hours employers: Rethink your rosters