Following its success in persuading Restaurant Brands to do away with zero hour contracts Unite Union has set up a webpage where people can email these organisations. Go to the page if you want to contribute.
From the page:
Time’s up on Zero Hours for fast food workers.
Unite Union has been negotiating over the last month with the major fast food companies to end Zero Hour Contracts, where workers are not guaranteed any hours and have to survive on whatever work the companies give them week to week.
Unite has now successfully negotiated for all workers at Restaurant Brands (KFC, Pizza Hutt, Starbucks and Carls Jr.) to have guaranteed hours from July this year.
However, McDonalds, Burger King and Wendy’s have failed to get serious about the issue. Their proposals so far would only guarantee some hours for a tiny fraction of their workforce. They need to get the message that treating their workers like this in the 21st century is unacceptable.
Use the form below to send your message to Senior Management at Macca’s, BK, and Wendys and tell them to end Zero Hour contracts for their workers. You can copy and paste the suggested wording below, or write your own (polite but firm) message. Please share this form with your friends and family.
Dear Maccas, Burger King and Wendy’s,
It’s time to get real about secure hours for your workers.
Not knowing what hours you will be working or how much will be in your pay packet from week to week is no way to live. People I know are genuinely shocked when they learn how your workers can have their hours and pay slashed from week to week simply because their manager decides so.
You expect them to turn up to work when you want but don’t have the decency to make sure they have enough paid hours each week to feed their families and pay their bills. These sorts of jobs have no place in a modern society.
You run profitable retail businesses with set hours. There is simply no good reason why you can’t offer all your workers a guarantee of hours.
I understand that workers at KFC, Pizza Hutt, Carls Jr. and Starbucks will have guaranteed hours from July this year. If Restaurant Brands can do it then why can’t you?
You all claim to be good, caring corporate citizens of New Zealand. It’s time to prove it.