Fair Pay Fight

‘Workers of the World Unite–down with the Burger King!’

says Unite Union

By Alan Tristram

New Zealand’s Unite union is appealing to workers in other countries to organise pickets outside Burger King in all the main cities in solidarity with the fight for fair pay in N.Z.

Unite’s Joe Carolan (campaign organiser) says: “Our fight is for the low-paid, precarious workers.

“Burger King workers are the lowest-paid fast food workers in New Zealand. Most are on minimum wage, even some who have worked there for 15 years. Managers on salary are forced to work extra hours, and sometimes work for less than minimum wage per hour.”

‘Union busting campaign’

And he says workers in Burger King are suffering a sustained union busting campaign, and are now fighting back.

Many workers in Burger King are migrant workers, mostly from the Indian subcontinent, he says.  They face a bonded labour system- terrified of speaking out about mistreatment in case the company revokes their visa sponsorship

Mr Carolan says: “Now the company has tried to bust their union, and is seeking an injunction stopping them from speaking to the media and conducting teach ins in the community.”

McLibel case of the South Pacific.

Unite has taken the company to the Employment Authority, detailing the company’s illegal anti union activities, in a battle that is now shaping up to be the McLibel case of the South Pacific.

Mr Carolan concludes:

  • “Our fight is for the invisible migrant workers.
  • “Our fight is against 21st century bonded labour and slavery.
  • “Workers of the World Unite- down with the Burger King!”