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Matt McCarten (General Secretary of Unite), Joe Carolan (Unite’s action coordinator) and myself (as a witness for Solidarity Auckland) met this morning with Burger Fuel CEO Josef Roberts and the company’s lawyer at the company’s request.
Josef Roberts and the company’s board have agreed to fairly compensate Joanne for her termination as of today.
They have also agreed in principle to remove the 90-day no-rights trial period from their individual agreements.
They have also agreed in principle to remove any anti-union conditions from their individual agreement and to update and improve it.
Because the company is a franchise, Josef Roberts need to take the company’s position to the franchise owners for final agreement.
This means he will be in a position to confirm the company’s final position within two weeks. However, he said he will try to get this done before then.
Matt and Joe feel they will be able to negotiate a fair deal with the company.
I certainly felt that the meeting was amicable and the company was keen to resolve the situation.
My recommendation is that we postpone picketing until Saturday the 18thof September.
Just because the action is off, doesn’t mean you can’t meet with other activists to talk about what to do next. Contact the person organising in your area and see if they want to meet up for coffee.
This is just the start – join us in taking the next steps.
Your commitment to solidarity has proven that direct action works. Although we didn’t take action, the threat of action is often as powerful. Our quick mobilising also proved that activists and supporters are ready to stand up to the attacks on our work rights, our right to organise and our living standards.
This action is just one component of a new project (with a working title of “Solidarity”) to build solidarity across the community and workplaces (union and non-union) and put the movement back into the labour movement.
I would like to take this opportunity to personally invite you to join us.