Domino’s franchisees fined NZ$32,000

dominos-cheltenhamTwo companies trading as Domino’s franchises in Auckland have been fined NZ$32,400 for “serious breaches of employment law”.

E Lynn Limited and E Ming Limited, both operated by Xi Chen, failed to provide their employees with correct employment agreements and didn’t keep correct wage, time, holiday and leave records.

In addition to penalties, Chen had to pay his 112 staff more than NZ$54,000 in arrears, calculated by Domino’s Pizza Enterprises.

“It’s disappointing to see companies operating under established and international brands, failing to provide employees with their minimum rights,” says Loua Ward, Labour Inspectorate Retail Lead.

“These businesses have highly systematic approaches to the production of their product.

“It’s quite unacceptable that they do not have a similarly systematic approach throughout their operations, to ensure compliance with minimum employment rights, for what can be very vulnerable workers.

“It’s simply not acceptable for businesses to ‘fix things up’ after the event.”

Ward also notes this is a reminder for consumers to be mindful of where your money is going.

“For a five dollar pizza, workers shouldn’t have to pay the price.”

Earlier in the year the company posted its weakest half-year profit in more than a decade.

Sales in Australia and New Zealand increased by 7.1 per cent to $557.8 million for the half, up 3.7 per cent on a same-store sales basis, less than half of HY17 growth.

Domino’s ANZ CEO Nick Knight said sales were “slightly softer” than expected.

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