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Unite wins Super-sized payout for McDonald's worker

A Kaiapoi McDonald's worker was recently awarded $15,000 after her employer was found by the Employment Relations Authority to have constructively dismissed their 18 year old employee, Chantelle Coup, after she joined the union. They were also found to have been destructive in their dealings with Unite Union and to have used undue influence to get their employees to resign from the union.

The restaurant manager was described in the Authority report to have been in a "position of significant influence" over their work. The boss, Patrick Cornish, was described as a "father figure", and it was acknowledged that McDonalds Kaiapoi is "part of a large and powerful organisation."

Staff changes and farewells

Unite’s support staff is changing with Natasha Henry having left her various duties including office management, reception, and administrative support for organisers.

Tash came to us originally as a member in a call centre. In September she left for a new role at Tahiti Tourism New Zealand. We wish her all the best and can confirm that Unite’s vice-president Shanna Olsen-Reeder, delegate and strike-leader at JBHI-FI in Wellington, is moving to Auckland to take up a similar position.

NEW AGREEMENTS AND UPCOMING BARGAINING


McDonald’s

A new union agreement was reached with McDonalds which members accepted at ratification meetings held throughout late August and early September. Highlights of the agreement include:

• Two-year deal, backdated to April 1, 2011, meaning only 18 months before new bargaining. Retention of previous wage relativities above minimum wage for all graded positions, set increase for supervisors, and minimum of 2% for supervisors in second year of deal.

• New targeted scheduled hours protocol which will limit wide fluctuations of employees work hours by ensuring staff who average at least 25 hours will not be reduced by more than 25%.

• Increased delegate’s rights.

2011 McDonald's Negotiations update

Unite union bargaining team has met with McDonald’s in two sessions of negotiations of a new Collective Employment Agreement (CEA) on 1st and 2nd and 17th of March. The Unite bargaining team included seven delegates from McDonald’s restaurants from Dunedin to Auckland.

Unite raised just over 30 claims with the McDonald’s bargaining team mainly around staff wages including $15 an hour rate, allowances, guaranteed hours for staff/recognition of full and part time positions and union rights. Many of the claims raised by Unite are driven by a desire to see a consistent approach towards allowances and policies throughout the company.

Earthquake information: Mcdonalds

Unite has asked all employers of our members in Christchurch to inform us about their plans for workers in the aftermath of the Christchurch Earthquake.

The response to our questions from Jo Oakes, HR Manager for McDonalds NZ on Friday 25th February is copied below in italics

 

To all Employers of Unite Union members in Christchurch:

The tragedy in Christchurch is foremost in all our minds and our sympathies are with those who have suffered through the death and destruction wrought by the latest earthquake.

What do YOU want? McDonald's Negotiations





February 11th 2011

Burger king and Mcdonalds workers: what do you want?

Negotiations are quickly approaching for two of the largest fast food industry staff contracts. Unite will be negotiating over wages and conditions with McDonald’s and Burger King from March 2011.

Delegates from both of these companies attending Unite’s inaugural conference in Auckland recently raised discussed what they would like to see change at work and in their contracts. Here are some of their suggestions:

McDonald’s:

    $15 per hour start rate
    Security of hours and recognition of the full time position
    Graveyard allowance applied to all staff and for the entire shift.
    McCafe training and allowances
    A union noticeboard in each restaurant
    Security provided during night shifts
    At least 2 maintenance staff rostered at all times

Unite/McDonald's Collective Employment 2010 pay increase

The following minimum rates are applicable to members of Unite Union, effective from 1st march 2010

Position & Effective pay 1st March 2010

Minimum Crew Rate: $12.75

Crew CCO*: $13.00
* Upon completion of the Crew Certificate of Operations workbook once it has been submitted for processing.

Crew CCO (12 months)**: $13.25
** Upon completion of 12 months service, provided the Crew Certificate of Operations workbook has been submitted for processing, and subject to a performance rating of ‘good’ or better.

Crew Trainer / McCafe Crew Trainer: $13.50

Maintenance Person: $13.50

Shift Assistant: $13.50

Shift Supervisor / McCafe Team Leader (SSC PCAP complete): $15.30

Unite/McDonald's Collective Employment 2010 pay increase

The following minimum rates are applicable to members of Unite Union, effective from 1st March 2010

Position & Effective pay 1st March 2010

Minimum Crew Rate: $12.75


Crew CCO*: $13.00
* Upon completion of the Crew Certificate of Operations workbook once it has been submitted for processing.


Crew CCO (12 months)**: $13.25
** Upon completion of 12 months service, provided the Crew Certificate of Operations workbook has been submitted for processing, and subject to a performance rating of ‘good’ or better.


Crew Trainer / McCafe Crew Trainer: $13.50


Maintenance Person: $13.50


Shift Assistant: $13.50


Shift Supervisor / McCafe Team Leader (SSC PCAP complete): $15.30

Troubleshooting McDonald’s training

It has come to Unite’s attention that some McDonald’s owners are claiming that the Crew Certificate of Operations (CCO) training is at the employers discretion. Under the new agreement completion of the CCO training entitles crew to an additional 25 cents per hour.

After 1 year of service an additional 50 cents per hour is paid.
During contract negotiations last year McDonald’s agreed that CCO training would be available to all crew who requested the training. McDonald’s said at the time that they would like to see all crew complete the CCO training. If you having trouble with your management allowing you to do the CCO training please contact your union organiser or delegate.

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