Unite, Burger King settle dispute
Fri, 31 Aug 2012 11:10a.m.
By Dan Satherley
The Unite union says it has reached an agreement with Burger King in their dispute over union rights and membership.
"Whilst the parties have agreed to keep the details confidential, the Unite union believes its members will be very pleased with the outcome," the union said in a statement.
"The resolution reached yesterday between the parties resolves the dispute over the union relationship and rights of union members. In addition the parties will work in good faith to promptly resolve any individual employee cases."
Unite says a joint statement from the restaurant chain's owners and the union will be posted in every Burger King outlet in the country, explaining the outcome.
"We are confident that Burger King is committed to building a positive environment and become an employer of choice for its employees," says the union.
"Therefore we can recommend that the many New Zealanders who supported the workers to patronise the Burger King stores again."
No mention of wages or working conditions were made in the release. A spokesperson for Unite could not be reached at the time of writing.
A spokesperson for Burger King's owner Antares Restaurant Group told 3 News the details of the agreement are confidential.
"An agreement has been reached that is satisfactory to both parties, and we are looking forward to working constructively together into the future," says communications manager Rachael Allison.
Unite has accused Burger King of denying workers their rights by keeping them on minimum wages and exploiting migrant workers.
It also accused the restaurant of forcing people to quit unions.
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