10 February 2006
Council of Trade Unions asks - What is McDonalds afraid of?
The Council of Trade Unions is challenging fast food operator Queen St McDonalds for its bullying of workers over their involvement in union campaigns for better wages and conditions.
"Workers in New Zealand have every right to join a union and participate in its democratic processes," said Ross Wilson, CTU President. "For McDonalds to threaten staff with legal action for participating in their union's campaigns such as SuperSizeMyPay.Com for decent wages and conditions is an unnecessary overreaction."
"McDonalds is also being a bit cute by using rosters to negatively influence attendance at union meetings. Unite Union will continue to attract the interest of fast food workers because they are demonstrating how organising collectively can advance their position, so McDonalds would be well advised to get over the anti-union stance."
"The company's decision over rostering also highlight's another of Unite's concerns around secure hours. The fact that management can roster workers on and off at will highlights why secure hours are a key part of the SuperSizeMyPay.Com campaign, along side wages."