Kaikohe KFC prematurely closed down following 10 days of community support pickets.
CEO to meet with workers to discuss “positive pathway forward”.
We are pleased to announce that Russel Creedy, CEO of Restaurant Brands has accepted an offer from the laid off workers of KFC Kaikohe to discuss a “positive pathway forward”. Thirteen Kaikohe KFC employees had been left high and dry before Christmas after being made redundant with no compensation.
This comes on the back of news that the store was prematurely closed for good on Monday morning in the presence of private security, with the company explaining that the picketing of the store and worker’s social media campaign had “impacted upon the Company’s ability to continue to trade and provide service to our customers”. Workers will be paid in lieu of notice through to the original December 2 closure date.
The workers held a solid picket on their store since the morning of the announcement of the closure, asking their community to stand by them until the company do the right thing. Sales plummeted.
"Restaurant Brands made $23.8 million dollars profit last year thanks in part to the loyalty of employees and customers in small communities like Kaikohe." said Unite Union organiser Gary Cranston. "It's not like they can't afford to pay them enough to get through Christmas." "There are hardly any jobs around here. How are we supposed to get through Christmas without any redundancy to bridge the gap?" said Union delegate Kalein Howard.
Chowder, fried bread and sausages went on sale on the picket line late last week in order to raise enough money for the workers, their whanau and supportive community members to travel to Restaurant Brands head office in Auckland. Mini buses have since been hired and Kelvin Davis, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau has reaffirmed his support, saying that he will be join the workers on their visit.
We invite you to join us at Restaurant Brands head office, 666 Great South Road Penrose at 3:00PM this Wednesday the 25thNovember to support the workers in negotiating a positive pathway forward with the company.