New Zealand: Burger King management accused of encouraging staff to work unpaid hours

Author: Liu Chen, Stuff, Published on: 29 August 2019

"Burger King staff encouraged to work for free after shift ends, worker says", 29 August 2019

An Auckland fast food restaurant worker says they were asked to effectively continue working after clocking out. A screenshot showed a message was sent in a WhatsApp group chat...which appeared to say a staffer stayed after clocking out, and "if she can do it we can do that as well"....

...The worker said she flagged it with the store management last week, emailing the screenshot to her area manager, her restaurant manager and the Unite union, but hadn't seen anything been done. She said she was removed from the group chat shortly after she complained and believed the group has been disbanded...

Burger King head of marketing Jake Shand said in a statement that it had conducted an internal investigation. "The restaurant manager has sent out an email to motivate the staff and the email was taken out of context. We are confident the Burger King manager has not asked the staff to work without pay and this was a miscommunication...We have refreshed the management team with the policy on staffing and would like to reiterate that Burger King does not ask people to work without pay."

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