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McDonalds Accused Of Exploiting Young Workers
Oct 9th, 2018 at 11:38pm
 
McDonald's accused of exploiting young workers with 'learn and churn' practice

News.com.au
October 9 2018


McDonald's Australia has been accused of systematically "churning" its workforce and reducing shifts for workers as they grow older in a bid to cut costs and hire younger staff.   Sad

The global fast food chain is a major employer in Australia with more than 100,000 workers in stores across the country, which are mostly franchises.

But the company and its franchisees have come under scrutiny for engaging in what has been described as a practice of "churning" staff as they grow older to hire younger and cheaper staff.

McDonald's Australia chief executive officer Andrew Gregory denied there was any widespread practice across stores.

"We take it really seriously to do the right thing and uphold our employment standards," he told 7.30 in an interview.

"Half of the workers in our restaurants are over 18, and it's not good business practice for us to not employ those people over 18.




Nelio Da Silva started working at a McDonald's store in Melbourne when he was 16.

But as he got older he noticed his roster was changing.

"Over time I started to get less and less shifts … it wasn't straight away, it was over time," he told 7.30.   Sad

"I got less shifts because I got older, and definitely more expensive.

    "They wanted to give shifts that they could to the younger people.

"I've talked to many of my friends. They all started to drop off and eventually, we all started to leave."




Other staff in stores around the country raised similar concerns.

Max Beech began working at a McDonald's store in Queensland when he was 16 and moved to a Brisbane store when he was 18.

He says getting rid of older workers was an "unspoken rule" between managers.

"A lot of the time they talked about how they were trying to get rid of certain people for this reason or that reason — a big one was when people were getting too old," he told 7.30.

    "So people turning 18 or 19, they'd start to talk about phasing them out because they were getting too old and they'd have to pay them too much. 

"And that was a common thing."   Sad
'Soul crushing': Former McDonald's staff speak out


Mr Beech worked night shifts in a fast-paced store in Brisbane's nightlife centre, and said he found the work "soul crushing" at times.

"People tend to treat people who work in fast food as a means to an end," he said.

"They don't see them as people."

He described the pressure placed on young staff members as extreme, and recalled one incident where a customer who was seeking a cup of water — which Mr Beech wasn't allowed to provide — attempted to assault him.

"Despite my explaining it to him, he wouldn't leave and then tried to take a swing at me," he said.

"That sort of stuff happens a fair bit.   Shocked

"It wasn't too bad because I knew that my work friends, the other crew who work were friends of mine, they're there to back me up if anything did ever happen.

"But it's still scary to think that something like that could happen in the workplace."

Mr Gregory told 7.30 that McDonald's had strong systems in place to ensure stores across the country were safe working environments
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Reply #1 - Oct 9th, 2018 at 11:49pm
 
The secretary of the Retail and Fast Food Workers Union, Josh Cullinan, told 7.30 that the McDonald's system was "exploitative".   Sad

"They use casual employment and junior rates to basically cycle workers off under the apprehension that those workers are going to get more hours as they get more skills in the workplace. That's not what happens," Mr Cullinan told 7.30.

    "These workers are fodder in the McDonald's business model and, unfortunately, that means these workers just aren't aware often, and their families aren't aware, that as they turn a year older, their birthday is celebrated with fewer hours."

In Australia, paying junior rates is legal. Under most awards this allows employers to pay children who are 14 just 50 per cent of the hourly wage. These rates increase progressively by 10 per cent on each birthday until an employee reaches 21.

The 2013 McDonald's enterprise agreement sets out that, as of July 2016, McDonald's employees in NSW aged 14 could be paid as little as $8.43 an hour.

According to Mr Cullinan these junior rates create an incentive for McDonald's to hire younger and cheaper staff and gradually phase out older casual employees as part of a practice that is known as "learn and churn".

This phrase explains the process of staff either "learning" by becoming managers, or being churned as they grow older.

"The system that's used at McDonalds is exploitative and it should stop," Mr Cullinan said.

"Not one of them is told, 'When you get this job with us, when you blow out the candles on your next birthday cake, your hours are going to be cut'."   Sad
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Reply #2 - Oct 10th, 2018 at 2:48am
 
Ageism is rampant in all industries. McDonald's is simply an easy target.
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Reply #3 - Oct 10th, 2018 at 5:52am
 
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Ageism is rampant in all industries. McDonald's is simply an easy target.


Yes ageism in the aged care industry is another one.... due to cut backs in government funding and non profit charity industry in aged care told to make a profit, in aged care its mostly older folk who are worked that hard to ending up with crippling  health issues on retirement.

And now the government owns the NDIS scheme wait  for the cut that will creep in....particularity with a conservative government.

With Macca's and no doubt the other burger mob Hungry Jacks, what ever your preference, if people started asking workers ' what's it like to be exploited by MacDonalds ..??' management will eventually take notice.
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Reply #4 - Oct 11th, 2018 at 12:54pm
 
$1 hamburgers don't put themselves in the microwave...
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Reply #5 - Oct 11th, 2018 at 1:17pm
 

"The secretary of the Retail and Fast Food Workers Union, Josh Cullinan ..."

RAFFWU is not a registered union under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009, by the way.

It's only registered as a national organisation under the Corporations Act and as an incorporated association.

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Reply #6 - Oct 11th, 2018 at 2:17pm
 
greggerypeccary wrote on Oct 11th, 2018 at 1:17pm:
"The secretary of the Retail and Fast Food Workers Union, Josh Cullinan ..."

RAFFWU is not a registered union under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009, by the way.

It's only registered as a national organisation under the Corporations Act and as an incorporated association.



For the record:

https://www.fwc.gov.au/registered-organisations/find-registered-organisations

No RAFFWU to be seen.

Potential members, just beware.

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Reply #7 - Oct 12th, 2018 at 12:33am
 
greggerypeccary wrote on Oct 11th, 2018 at 2:17pm:
greggerypeccary wrote on Oct 11th, 2018 at 1:17pm:
"The secretary of the Retail and Fast Food Workers Union, Josh Cullinan ..."

RAFFWU is not a registered union under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009, by the way.

It's only registered as a national organisation under the Corporations Act and as an incorporated association.



For the record:

https://www.fwc.gov.au/registered-organisations/find-registered-organisations

No RAFFWU to be seen.

Potential members, just beware.



What is your suggested alternative?

The SRAGOU?  Street Rioters And Guillotine Operators Union??  Protesting against ill treatment?
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