McDonald’s referred to Fair Work watchdog

by 29 Apr 2010

McDonald’s has been referred to the Fair Work Ombudsman for allegedly underpaying some workers after the unions rejected a pay deal covering its 80,000 employees.

The deal between the fast food chain and the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association was rejected by Fair Work Australia commissioner Donna McKenna on the grounds that it failed the government's no-disadvantage test, reports The Australian.

McKenna referred the deal to the Fair Work Ombudsman on the grounds it suggested workers may have been underpaid.

The agreement would have standardised conditions across the eight states and territories, including rostering rules, allowances, penalty rates and entitlements.

McKenna was quoted as saying: “I have concluded the agreement would represent an emphatic diminution in overall terms and conditions for the employees who would be subject to its proposed operation.”

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