A contradictory story

August 26th, 2012 at 11:27 am by David Farrar

The SST reports:

Some Burger King employees say they have been working for up to 10 years on the minimum wage without receiving any performance or service-related pay rises.

If this is correct, I think BK are short-sighted as you want to give staff opportunities to earn more than the minimum wage. However I don’t think it is correct, based on the same article.

On April 1, when the minimum wage went up to $13.50 from $13, it is alleged many workers also lost a margin they were earning above the minimum wage.

How can you have spent ten years on the minimum wage, yet also lose a margin above the minimum wage? The article appears to be logically inconsistent, or very badly explained.

They were told they had to to earn back their right to that margin by completing “module” training. It is understood staff are being told they need to do the training in their own time.

And this contradicts the claim you can’t get a performance related pay rise.

The female worker said it could take months to complete all the modules and at the end of it there was no guarantee of the pay rise.

Umm, that’s because it is performance related I presume.

What would have made this a far more useful article is to state what the basic pay rate at BK is, how extra pay can be earnt and maybe compare it to the minimum wage.

Sadly thought the article just repeats a number of apparently contradictory assertions and gives us no actual hard data to decide on.

At least Burger King pays their tax

August 21st, 2012 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

More than 40 protesters held an hour-long working conditions “teach-in” outside the Burger King outlet at Aotea Square in Auckland yesterday.

After the speeches, two protesters tried to enter the store but found the door blocked by security guards.

The Unite union national director, Mike Treen, said the protest was to speak up for the company’s workers about a culture of exploitation over pay and individuals being intimidated not to join the union.

I’d say an exploitative employer is one who deducts PAYE from its employees pay packets, and instead of paying the PAYE to the IRD as legally obliged – they instead spend it on political campaigning.