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

 

Second Store to Strike Against Youth Rates

Second Store to Strike Against Youth Rates

Youth rates workers from Manukau City KFC will go on strike against youth rates tonight at 6pm, in solidarity with KFC Lincoln Rd youth rates workers who are striking today at 3pm.

The workers will also be presenting their Store Manager with a group statement slamming illegal and exploitative practices at their workplace.

Michelle McClean, who is 15 and earns only $7.13 an hour, spent last night painting her first ever banner and practiced her anti-youth rates chants to R’n’B music.

“Our store hires mostly young people at night when it’s a busier and harder. Six out of the seven workers on tonight are under 18 and some of them are 15 like me. We do harder work than the day crew, but we get paid less. Youth rates might save the company money, but it makes us broke,” she said.

Michelle’s mother, Natasha McClean, said that she was particularly concerned about the late hours that her daughters Michelle and Crystal, 17, worked at the Manukau KFC store. “I often wait until well past midnight for my daughters to finish work. I’ve lost count of the number of times that they’ve only been paid until 10.30pm, despite working into the early morning,” she said.

“Paying kids low wages also affects their parents because most of them help pay their parents bills like my kids. We’ve worked out a system that whoever earns the most that week will put her pay towards the household bills and then they can split the other’s pay. If they were paid a fair rate it would help my budget,” said Mrs McClean.

Mrs McClean said that she was also concerned about legal protection for young workers in the workforce.

“My daughter was threatened with termination if she didn’t go to a ‘meeting’. When I asked if I could support my daughter as her legal guardian because she’s under 18, I was told that I didn’t work there and wasn’t allowed. The meeting then turned into a disciplinary meeting and she was given a warning,” she said.

SuperSizeMyPay.Com campaign co-ordinator, Simon Oosterman, said that the experiences of the young workers in the Manukau store weren’t isolated cases.

“Young workers in particular are more vulnerable to illegal and exploitative practices in the workplace because they have less experience and very little bargaining power. Young worker’s deserve greater legal protection as well as a fair $12 an hour and guaranteed hours,” he concluded.

The workers statement to the management include: unfair disciplinary processes, disrepair of equipment like air conditioning and fridges, lack of security for staff and pressure to disregard hygiene standards. All workers who were at a store meeting last Sunday that decided to take strike action on Thursday were rostered off so that they couldn’t go on strike.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election