Restaurant Brands to end zero hour contracts

Carl's Jr.Restaurant Brands which owns the KFC, Pizza Hut, Carl’s Jr, and Starbucks chains has committed to end zero hour contracts by July this year in a new collective agreement negotiated with Unite Union.

Unite has 2000 members at Restaurant Brands and is recommending the new terms to members in a vote to be held in the next week.

The Unite bargaining team was unanimous in its support for the proposal which promises staff at least 80 per cent of the average hours will be guaranteed using a three month rolling average of hours worked up to a maximum of 32 hours a week.

“This is a gigantic step forward for workers in the fast food industry,” said Unite national director, Mike Treen.

McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s have yet to come to an agreement on zero hour contacts.

“It is time for New Zealanders to tell these profitable multi-national chains that they need to stop taking advantage of their often young and vulnerable workers and put an end to a labour practice that the people of New Zealand have made clear they find unacceptable,” Treen said.

“If Restaurant Brands can do it, so can McDonald’s, BK, and Wendy’s.”

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