More than 250,000 Australian McDonald’s staff past and present could be entitled to a pay-out from the giant of fast food.
A class action against McDonald’s is being prosecuted by Shine Lawyers and the Retail and Fast Food Workers Union over charges that the company refused to offer paid rest breaks for staff.
They are investigating whether there is a “systemic issue across all McDonald’s restaurants” in which bosses exploit their mostly young employees to stop paying for breaks.
Under the McDonald’s Australia 2013 enterprise agreement, when they work a four-hour shift, crew members are entitled to a 10-minute break.
“There’s a consistent story at the moment that workers working shifts of four hours or more were denied those breaks in addition to unscheduled drink and toilet breaks,” Shine Lawyers Class Actions Practice Leader Vicky Antzoulatos told Sunrise.
”We estimate that there are over 250,000 potentially affected workers across the whole country.”
The proposed class action comes after the Federal Court ruled last month that an employee was unfairly threatened by a McDonald’s franchisee for toilet and drink breaks.
Information about joining the class action is available on the Shine Lawyers website.