AWARD RIGHTS FROM 3 FEB 2020
In December 2019, RAFFWU won the case to return penalty rates and other Award conditions to McDonald's workers.
Right now many workers are being asked to sign new contracts. Members should get advice from RAFFWU before signing any new contracts.
Part-time minimum hours must be contracted for set shifts but if you reduce the set shift hours from your current minimum hours you cut your rights to weekly hours. Don't do this unless you want to cut your contracted hours. Crew Trainers have been underpaid and are entitled to higher Award wages. Signing a new contract which makes you a crew member or crew coach undermines your right to higher Award wages. Don't do this unless you want to cut your wage entitlements. Members should seek RAFFWU advice before signing any new contract document. Members who insist on more contracted hours are securing them.
The minimum Award rights include:
- 25% casual loading (paid in addition to penalty rates below)
- 25% Saturday loading
- 35% Sunday loading (50% for supervisors)
- 10% weeknight penalty rate (10pm to 12am)
- 15% weekday morning penalty rate (12am to 6am)
- $22.70 per hour non-casual for 21+ crew trainers
- free uniforms
- uniform allowance where your uniform isn't washed for you
- consultation over major changes
- part-time worker rights to minimum weekly hours and set days of work with start and finish times known and not changed without agreement
These conditions and more were smashed by the exploitative deal done by SDA and McDonald's.
For 20 years the SDA and McDonald’s have teamed up to make dodgy back room deals which smash worker rights.
In October 2018 we exposed the ruthless churn of young workers perpetrated by McDonald's to save through exploitative junior rates. Check out the ABC 7:30 Report on our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RAFFWU/videos/483931738772472/
In November 2018 we exposed the outrageous practice of not providing rest breaks - with over 90% of workers reporting they don't get minimum 10 minute paid rest/drink breaks for four hour or longer shifts. Take our special survey here: https://www.raffwu.org.au/mcdonalds_paid_breaks_survey
In December 2018 we launched our campaign to bring back the 10 minute rest breaks and members who have RAFFWU list their store are already winning. In January 2019 we exposed the ruthless attack on workers by McDonald's with threats of banning workers insisting on their 10 minute breaks from accessing toilets or water. See more here: https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/hope-to-god-you-don-t-get-thirsty-maccas-warns-workers-about-breaks-20190109-p50qbu.html
We fought back with the first ever rally by Australian workers at McDonald's which was reported across media outlets: https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/staff-far-from-mchappy-about-breaks/news-story/09cad464bb7f6847be833e0638b76a15
We're leading the #maccasrevolution - get on board!
RAFFWU fought the rotten new deal in the Fair Work Commission and won. McDonald's backed down and withdrew their agreement to avoid the embarrassment of losing. Read about the case here: https://www.smh.com.au/business/workplace/huge-wage-boost-and-penalty-rate-win-for-100-000-mcdonald-s-workers-20190510-p51lyq.html
Some media articles about the exploitation include: