Unite Union has claimed that up to 3000 workers in Restaurant Brands-owned fast food outlets went without pay over the summer period, which may be in breach of the law. Workers at the popular chains didn’t receive the correct pay for three weeks, while pay for extra hours was also unaccounted for and pay for one week was delayed entirely.
One KFC employee spoke to Newshub on the condition of anonymity.
“All my phone bills, like insurance and all this kind of stuff went overdue,” they said. “I’m already going through depression … I couldn’t sleep for four nights. It has been emotionally disturbing me, and financially, all this kind of stuff. It’s a lot.”
“RBL didn’t actually communicate directly with its own employees,” said Unite Union national secretary Gerald Hehir. “We sent out an email, people were relying on us to find out what was going on.”
Hehir said that deducting pay from employees without permission is potentially a breach of the Wages Protection Act.
Restaurant Brands said that the payroll issues that occurred over the summer have now been resolved and that all staff had been paid last week.