|Issue No 64||28 July 2000|
McMeanies Skimp on Olympics Pay
Fast food chain McDonalds is paying its Olympics Game workforce more than $5.00 per hour less than other Sydney 2000 workers after demanding they be exempt from a pay deal covering the event.
Labor Council's Unions 2000 coordinator Chris Christodouolou says some McDonalds workers will be up to 40 per cent worse off than other workers, after the global giant used its status as an Olympics sponsor to avoid the award.
Christodoulou says McDonalds is insisting on keeping workers on junior rates of pay and is not paying the benchmark attendance bonus of $1.50 per hour.
This means a McDonalds workers aged over 21 will receive $13.89 as opposed to the $16.60 rate for all other Games workers over the age of 18. And for younger workers the disparity is greater. If you work for McDonalds you'll receive just $9.72 per hour if you are 18, $11.11 if you are 19 and $12.49 if you are 20.
Likewise, younger workers with Maccas will be penalized receiving just $5.55 per hour at 15 years of age, $6.94 at 16 and $8.33 at 17. All other workers under 18 at the Games are entitled to a rate of $9.80 per hour.
Christodoulou says the pay discrepancies highlights difference that the unions have made in setting minimum rates and conditions for Games' workers as distinct from those employers who go it alone.
"We think it's unfortunate that a Games sponsor can be allowed to stand outside the Olympics award. It's as if they've been able to pay their way out of being a responsible employer," he says.
"When people buy their food at the Olympics, they should remember who the McMeanies are!"
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