Help end zero-hours this May Day

Posted By TEU on Apr 30, 2015 |


Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 12

Unite members at McDonalds are asking TEU members to ‘go without Maccas’ on May Day tomorrow. Or, better still, help discourage others from eating at McDonalds.

Unite members at McDonalds will be on strike tomorrow after the company walked out of bargaining earlier this week.

While the other fast food brands have agreed to remove zero-hour employment agreements, McDonalds has not yet. Unite’s National Director Mike Treen says it’s not fair.

“On Friday 1 May we need you to join supporters and McDonalds staff outside your local store to ‘Adopt-a-Maccas on May Day’ and discourage customers from eating there for the day. It won’t be for too long and we will supply stickers, flyers, and hopefully our new t-shirts!”

Treen says TEU members who cannot spare half an hour to leaflet their local McDonalds can still sign up to support the campaign to end zero-hours agreements.

McDonald’s walked out of bargaining with Unite Union this week despite taking the first steps towards a meaningful offer around ending zero hour contracts.

Treen says the union was bewildered by the company action.

“We had welcomed their offer and wanted more information around how that might work with secure shifts for staff in the future. Other fast food companies like Restaurant Brands and Burger King have acknowledged that a secure hours regime will necessarily involve some form of secure shifts as well.”

“We also wanted to continue bargaining around a few other claims that were important to the union. Instead of negotiating meaningfully on these issues which we prepared to do they walked out,” says Treen.

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