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:Read more
Last month you should have received your guaranteed hours under the Security of Hours clause of the collective employment agreement between McDonald's and Unite Union.
This was a major victory for you and Unite Union in our long campaign for more secure hours in this company and the industry as a whole.
Workers employed at the company-owned McOpCo stores should have received a letter with the number of hours guaranteed going forward.
Workers at franchise-owned stores should have the number included on their pay record.
This number is based on clause 2.1 in the collective agreement which guarantees 80% of the hours worked (up to a 32-hour cap) between 1 July and 30 September 2015. This number will be recalculated on Dec 31 and at the end of each three-month period from then on (view the McDonald's Unite Collective Agreement here).
We believe workers should be able to increase their hours to the number they want.
For this to happen it is important that a second part of the collective agreement is also applied. This stipulates that "Where additional hours become available in a restaurant, current employees will be offered additional shifts before new employees are employed."
The collective agreement also stipulates that "where practicable additional shifts will be notified to new employees on the crew notice board."
Notices have been prepared by McDonald's head office and made available to franchise owners and managers to use to ensure this happens. (You can view the company "now hiring" notice here and Security of Hours letter here ).
Make sure additional hours are being made available in your store before new staff are hired. Contact Unite if this is not happening.
By Robert Reid, General Secretary, First Union
(Reprinted from The New Zealand Herald)
It seems Employment Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse is making an art of the political U-turn.
This is the Minister who, after promising to strengthen health and safety law, introduced a Bill that weakened it. This is the same Minister who, after voting against Easter trading changes in 2012, has introduced a Bill that makes very similar changes to the ones he voted against.
Workplace Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse breaks promises on
Campbell Live to end zero-hour contracts
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 income,'' the Roslyn KFC worker recalls, adding he had to ask his father to act as guarantor.
''I was 26. I had been working for Restaurant Brands since the age of 21 so that would have been five years of employment, but ...
''I worked up to 35 hours a week, but there were weeks where I'd only get 10 hours.''Read more
By Helen Kelly, President, NZ Council of Trade Unions
Reprinted from The Standard
We have the documents leading up to the what can only be described as a dreadful piece of law legalising employment agreements which tie workers to an employer without any of the reciprocity of guaranteed hours of work.
It all started with the spectacular Unite campaign against “zero hour” contracts in fast food. These 24/7 businesses employ thousands of workers, make loads of money from their efforts but were exploiting shite employment law to engage workers on contracts that forced them to be available any time day and night, but without any guaranteed hours.
Mike Treen addresses low-paid workers at a protest in April
Reprinted from TV3 News
Workplace Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse, already under fire this week over his controversial health and safety reforms, has now been accused of lying about wanting to end zero-hour contracts.
After a successful campaign earlier this year by Unite Union to get rid of zero-hour contracts in the fast-food industry, Mr Woodhouse said they were "unfair", "unbalanced" and soon to be "unlawful".
But Unite says his new Bill, introduced last week, is "truly horrifying" and actually "makes the situation worse".
"The new law actually legalises zero-hour contracts, whereas in the past there was some legal ambiguity in their use," says national director Mike Treen.
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.
2014 was a massive year for Fast Food workers in the U.S. Two McDonalds’ workers from Los Angeles are visiting New Zealand to tell the story and work with fast food workers in New Zealand to keep building the momentum.
Genoby Jaimes, 27, has worked at McDonald’s for 6 years and only makes $9.75 an hour. She is a mother of a six year old son. Anggie Godoy,19, has worked at McDonald’s for a year and makes $9 an hour.
They will be speaking at the National Fast Food Workers day on Sat Feb 14th (9am, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Road, Auckland, Link Here). They have just been in Wellington meeting with Union Leaders and meeting MP’s at Parliament.
The U.S. campaign has many reasons to celebrate over the past year:
The movement went global- 230 cities, 33 countries, 6 continents.
They shut down McDonald’s headquarters.Read more
Wendy’s workers from five stores in Auckland and Papakura walked off the job yesterday over the company’s theft of their right to “alternative days” off or “lieu days” for working on a public holiday.Read more