Hundreds of fast food workers will go on strike at KFC on Friday afternoon and stay away from work all weekend, says Unite Union.
"KFC is out of the menu this weekend as hundreds of fast food workers working at Restaurant Brands and members of Unite Union are taking strike action," the union said on Friday morning.
The union has expressed dissatisfaction about overtime limits, "chronic staff shortages" and rosters.
The increasing sales of KFC increases the profit of owner Restaurant Brands.
Unite said last week that members had voted on the latest business offer and on a secret vote to allow strike action. Brands restaurant also owns Pizza Hut and Carl & # 39; s Jr. stores in New Zealand.
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"We have a clear majority of their staff as members." About 60 percent, "unite national director Mike Treen said.
"Members of all three brands can strike."
"After six full days of negotiations, Restaurant Brands still insists on reducing the margin for skilled and skilled employees above the starting rate," unite national secretary Gerard Hehir.
"The last salary increase offer for salaried members was less than 3 percent," Hehir said.
The union said the vast majority of members who voted this week rejected the offer, and 88 percent opted for strike action.
Unite said it had sent a message to the company on Friday morning.
The strike was supposed to start on Friday at 2:00 PM and end on Monday at 2:00 PM, Unite said.
Hehir said Restaurant Brands was forced to raise the starting rate with the minimum wage increase "and to match the $ 18 starting price of major competitors such as McDonald's".
He said the company wanted skilled and trained employees to pay the costs.
"Low-wage employers need to realize that they cannot get away just by raising their lowest rate and undervaluing their experienced and skilled staff," Hehir said.
KFC employee and Unite negotiator Miquela Jordan-Subritzky said the talks stopped after the company made some "pathetic" claims.
"We came to the table and acknowledged most of their claims [but] it was just ridiculous to reduce our breaks from 15 minutes to 10 minutes. "
She said staff shortages were bad for both customers and employees.
"It's terrible, customers are really upset, and rightly so."
She said the company claimed it didn't have the money for pay increases.
Employees of McDonald & # 39; s and other companies supported KFC workers, Jordan-Subritzky said.
Dozens of drivers in private cars, commercial vehicles and public buses have expressed their support on Friday afternoon to the prominent employees of the KFC in Auckland, Mount Wellington.
Restaurant Brands said the negotiations with Unite & # 39; have stalled & # 39; and that the company received the warning for a strike action.
The company said that around 1,500 employees in trade unions wanted an increase of more than 7 percent on all existing wage percentages.
Restaurant Brands said that union members also wanted another 30c above the existing adult minimum wage increase for entry level positions.
The company said the existing offer was ahead or in line with other rates for fast food restaurants, and it was the leading employer in the QSR (fast service restaurant) sector for rewards and terms.
Brands Restaurant NZ chief executive Arif Khan said the company offered increases that increase the impact of minimum wages with minimizing costs for customers.
He said the company was the first QSR firm to cancel zero-hour contracts and have guaranteed days and fixed hours of permanent work.
"Restaurant Brands apologizes if customers are affected during this period," the company said.
In March, CEO Ted van Arkel said the board was happy with the total revenue for the year ending February 25.
The company said sales up to $ 794 million sizzled – 7.2 percent higher than a year earlier.