Hell shuns zero hour contracts

HellHell Pizza has reviewed and revised its policy regarding zero hour contracts following a spate of publicity surrounding the employment practice.

As a result,  employees of Hell’s 65 pizza franchises are guaranteed fixed weekly hours, which will be reflected in new employment contracts by June 1 2015.

Hell GM, Ben Cumming, said: “Zero hour contracts have been an industry norm for quite some time. Hell strives to be a desirable and well regarded employer; we believe all of our franchisees have acted in good faith in regards to employees’ hours of work”.

“As such, we don’t foresee the change having any material effect on our operations or staff,” Cumming said.

Meanwhile, McDonald’s NZ has been in discussions regarding the structure of its employment contracts, and has completed a review of the way they are structured.

As a result, all McDonald’s NZ employees will receive 80 per cent security of hours up to a 40 hour cap, based on the average of the previous 12 weeks.

“We would note that the above structure has previously been common practice when it comes to scheduling in our restaurants, but it will now be formally written into employment agreements,” McDonald’s said.

“We will continue to bargain in good faith and hope to reach a mutually acceptable agreement soon.”

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