Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


KFC Workers Strike Against Youth Rates

KFC Workers Strike Against Youth Rates

KFC workers in Balmoral went on strike Saturday in opposition to youth rates, which allow young workers to be paid less for doing the same work as their older counterparts.

More than 150 strikers and supporters turned up for the event, which was organised by the Unite workers union as part of the SuperSizeMyPay.Com campaign, with representatives from the Green party, the Maori party, and workers from other KFC stores all aiding the effort.

The Post Primary Teachers Association, the union representing secondary school teachers, was also backing the strike.

Chris Bangs, regional secretary for the organisation, held a placard of support at the Balmoral site, and said it was important to get the message out to the community that young workers were not being treated fairly.

“The PPTA fully supports the young KFC workers going on strike. It is difficult enough for these young students to have to work hard at school, but such low pay at their jobs means they have to work longer hours to earn enough money, making study and living much more difficult.”

Fifth form student Sam Van Der Kolk, 15, is paid $7.13 an hour and is one of the striking workers from Balmoral KFC.

He said he regularly works past 10pm and has to walk an hour home late at night after his shifts.

“Because the pay is so low, I have to work long shifts. I have worked until 4am before, and then I have school the next day. One of the managers gets $20 a week to make sure staff get home after their shifts. If that person isn’t working, I have to walk,” he said.

This type of staff treatment by multinational fast-food companies such as KFC is one of the reasons the SuperSizeMyPay.Com campaign was set up, said coordinator Simon Oosterman.

“The KFC Balmoral strike, also one of the first of its kind in the world, highlights the need to abolish unfair and discriminatory youth rates, and it also raises awareness of the disgraceful treatment of workers by these multinational corporations. They take advantage of their workers.”

“Responsibility lies with companies. Government policy doesn’t change until people change. Government policy follows what people are doing and demanding, and the Government will only raise the minimum wage when people demand it.”

The SuperSizeMyPay.Com campaign kicked off last week with the world’s first Starbucks strike, and also aims to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour and gain secure working hours for workers.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news