During the recent power outage in Gisborne our delegate and newly elected Unite Union Executive member and KFC worker Memory Leach went above and beyond her duties. When the power went out Memory was still asleep as she had worked the night shift. She was awoken by members in the store ringing her telling her that the Restaurant Manager has told them all to go home, but they were scared that if they left they will not be paid. Memory rocked up in her Unite Union hoodie and a thermos of hot tea and coffee in hands. The restaurant manager...
We have had some reports of members being asked to change their "desired hours" and availability on Serveme recently.
Our advice is simple: do not make any changes unless you want to.
Reducing your availability or "desired hours" is likely to reduce your paid and Guaranteed Minimum Hours (GMH) as follows:
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.
(Reprinted from Stuff website)
By SARAH HARRIS
Thirteen Kaikohe KFC employees are being left high and dry before Christmas after being made redundant with no compensation.
Restaurant Brands, who own KFC, is closing the store on December 2 due to several years of running at a loss.
Unite Union organiser Gary Cranston says the store has known it might close for the last year but only told staff on November 12.
See Video interview with Unite Organiser Gary Cranston
Kelvin Davis with KFC Kaikohe workers
KFC is to shut its Kaikohe outlet with no payout for the workers just three weeks before Christmas, says Kelvin Davis, MP for Te Tai Tokerau.
“The ten staff were notified late last week that they would lose their jobs early next month. Restaurant Brands, who own KFC, have refused to provide compensation.
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This morning workers at KFC Kaikohe were told they are to be laid off just before Christmas. A picket has been put on the store until the company decides to do the right thing by the workers. The company was aware of the likelihood of closure for at least a year without letting the crew know. "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." ...
Fast-food worker David Cannon has experienced the pitfalls of casual work. By Shane Gilchrist on Mon, 26 Oct 2015. (Reprinted from the Otago Daily Times) Labour Day may be less of a moment to celebrate hard-won workers' rights of the past, and more an opportunity to reflect on where they have gone. Shane Gilchrist reports. It's been a few years since David Cannon approached his bank for a loan so he could pay for repairs to his car yet, clearly, the episode still rankles. ''I was on a zero-hours contract, so the bank refused me because I had no guaranteed...
A major survey of fast food workers in New Zealand has exposed the reality of “Zero Hour Contracts” for workers and some of the myths used to justify them.
Over a thousand fast food union members working for the major brands in New Zealand responded to Unite Union’s online survey, with nearly 700 giving detailed information on their working hours over the previous four weeks. That is the biggest response Unite Union has ever had to a member survey.