Unite calls on government to stop subsidising jobs at McDonald's and Wendy's
Media Release: 20 April 2015
Unite Union is questioning why McDonald's and Wendy's need government subsidies to hire staff on what the union says will be zero hour contracts.
"We have been told of many cases where McDonald's and Wendy's staff have been taken from WINZ in a subsidised job and then the workers have had their hours cut when the subsidy ends," said Unite National Director Mike Treen.
"We complained about this subsidy two years ago when figures obtained under the Official Information Act revealed that $272,574 was paid to McDonald's between July 1 2009, when the subsidies began, and June 30, 2013. The subsidies will actually be much higher than this figure because 80% of McDonald's stores are owned by Franchisees and would be registered separately with WINZ as an employer.
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