Pizza Hut and KFC workers set to walk off the job for weekend strike

NZ 17/05/2019

Friday night takeaways could be delayed as hundreds of fast-food workers go on strike.

Unite Union says its members at KFC, Carl's Jr and Pizza Hut will walk off the job at 2pm on Friday, and won't be back until after the weekend.

National secretary Gerard Hehir says there are a number of issues owner Restaurant Brands has to answer for, including pay, understaffing, use of part-time contracts, cuts to overtime and a push for shortened breaks.

Eighty-eight percent of Unite's membership that took part in the secret ballot voted in favour of strike action.

In response, Restaurant Brands said it was offering an average 5.7 percent increase in wages, but Unite was demanding 7 percent.

"These increases also balance the impact of minimum wage increases with the need to minimise increases to the consumer," said NZ chief executive Arif Khan, noting that Restaurant Brands was the first major fast food company in New Zealand to scrap zero-hour contracts, after a previous Unite campaign.

"Restaurant Brands apologises if any customers are impacted during this period."

The two parties have been in negotiations for six days, Unite said.