16 Apr 2015

Union maintains pressure on McDonald's

10:43 am on 16 April 2015

The union representing fast-food workers is calling on New Zealanders to show support for McDonald's staff by choosing to eat elsewhere.

A protest held in Auckland in mid-April against McDonald's zero-hour contracts.

A group of protesters - organised by Unite Union - outside McDonald's on Queen Street in Auckland. Photo: RNZ / Henry Acland

Unite Union members staged protests in several main centres yesterday to try and get McDonald's to drop controversial zero-hour contracts.

McDonald's said it had made a meaningful and genuine offer to get rid of the contracts.

The union's national director, Mike Treen, said the offer did not go far enough.

He said the union had been invited back into talks with the company but, in the meantime, it would ramp up its campaign.

Protesters block the entrance of McDonald's on Queen Street

The protest in Auckland blocked the entrance to the fast food outlet. Photo: RNZ / Henry Acland

Protesters walking up Queen Street holding placards and chanting.

Photo: RNZ / Henry Acland

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