Huge wage boost and penalty rate win for 100,000 McDonald's workers

Retail and Fast Food Workers union secretary Josh Cullinan said that under the new proposed agreement McDonald’s had committed to paying penalty rates but had refused to pay back pay or to meet other claims such as compulsory working-with-children checks for managers and franchise owners.

He estimated workers at McDonald’s were more than $100 million a year worse off because the company had not paid penalty rates and other award conditions and allowances.

“McDonald’s and the SDA legalised their industrial scale wage theft by hoodwinking the Fair Work Commission into approving these disastrous deals,’’ he said.

The McDonald's spokeswoman defended the existing agreement, saying it had been approved by staff and the Fair Work Commission.

But Mr Cullinan's union has applied to the Fair Work Commission to end that deal, backdated to June 2017. If that argument was accepted, McDonald's would be required to "back pay more than 70 per cent of McDonald’s workers, over $250 million".