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Fast food workers to strike on Saturday

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/04/2017

Workers from Restaurant Brands chains KFC, Pizza Hutt, Carls Jr and Starbucks are due to strike following failed pay negotiations.

On Thursday Restaurant Brands announced a $26 million profit, and its CEO was awarded a $1m bonus, but rejected a request for a 10 cent per hour pay rise for workers.

These workers will strike on Saturday over what they've called "a very modest proposal".

"This is a stark example of the growing gap between rich and poor and Unite Union members at Restaurant Brands are taking action to close the gap a little bit. While Restaurant Brands have been paying huge bonuses and dividends and buying up large overseas, their workers are overworked and underpaid," Unite national secretary Gerard Hehir said.

The union also wants increases over three years that will move shift supervisors, skilled and experienced staff towards a living wage.

"They are qualified and experienced workers who can run a store on their own: managing staff, managing a retail store and a food production facility. They deserve a living wage and Restaurant Brands can afford to pay them [that]," Mr Hehir said.

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