(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.
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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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By Malcolm Deans
(Reprinted from the AWSM website)
Since 7th September up to 150 New Zealand Meat Workers Union members at AFFCO’s Wairoa shed have been refusing to sign draconian new Individual Employment Agreements (IEAs) that AFFCO are making a condition of re-employment at the plant in the new season. This is the latest epsiode in a long running saga of bitter industrial conflict at AFFCO (Auckland Farmers Freezing Company) since that company was taken over by the Talley’s Group in 2010. Already, union members at three other AFFCO sheds, Rangiuru, Imlay and Manawatu, have signed these IEAs, rather than lose their employment. The NZMWU lost an Employment Court bid in June to impose an interim injunction on AFFCO arguing that the employer’s take-it-or-leave-it offer to its long term employees returning in the new season constituted an illegal lockout. Union members at these sheds made a collective decision to sign the IEAs and maintain their union membership and ability to fight the employer on the inside.Read more
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."