Fast food companies making big money
If you're the owner of a fast food company in New Zealand, you've had a very, very good year.
Restaurant Brands (Owners of KFC, Starbucks, Pizza Hut and Carl's Jnr) have increased their profits by 8% to $24.1 million.
Even bigger profits have been collected at McDonalds. This Year McD's has pulled in $36.7 million, a rise of 19% from last year.
After such a profitable year both these companies have paid significant dividends.
Even though it is our union members who fry the chicken, flip the burgers and serve the customers, shareholders will get a bonus, while staff got nothing for all their hard work.
Fortunately, it doesn't need to be this way. Because we have a union, we have the ability to organise together and fight for our rights. Over the next few months, we will be preparing to negotiate new collective agreements at all the big fast food companies.
This is an opportunity to improve conditions, and negotiate pay increases.
Make sure you encourage all your co-workers to join Unite. The stronger the Union, the better placed we will be to run a strong campaign.
These union campaigns are only as strong as our members. Do you think it's time to ask if a company makes this much money is it fair that they don't pay a living wage?