Flip­ping mad burger work­ers on strike

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their own en­vi­ron­ment.’’

Sky showed it was no longer stick­ing its head in the sand over its chal­lenges in Fe­bru­ary, when it cut the en­try price of Sky to $24.51 a month by split­ting its Sky Ba­sic pack­age into a new base prod­uct, Sky Starter, and Sky En­ter­tain­ment. WENDY’S work­ers across the coun­try have gone on strike af­ter col­lec­tive agree­ment ne­go­ti­a­tions broke down, which the union claims led to work­ers hav­ing their hours cut.

Unite Union is­sued a strike no­tice to Wendco, the com­pany be­hind the fast food chain, which cov­ers 6am yes­ter­day un­til mid­night tonight – though the strikes planned are in­ter­mit­tent and lim­ited to peak times.

Work­ers from Auck­land, Welling­ton, Christchurch and

The stakes are sig­nif­i­cant. Fel­let has noted that when Fox­tel pur­sued a sim­i­lar strat­egy in Aus­tralia in 2014, by halv­ing its en­try-level price from A$49 to A$25 a month, it saw about 20 per cent of cus­tomers cut back their chan­nel choices.

If 20 per cent Dunedin have walked off the job over ac­cu­sa­tions Wendy’s has cut union mem­bers’ hours by up to 20 per cent since the most re­cent col­lec­tive agree­ment ex­pired on May 21.

Rose Wil­liam has worked at the Wendy’s in Hornby, Christchurch since it opened al­most five years ago. She said the way work­ers who be­longed to the union were be­ing treated was ‘‘dis­re­spect­ful’’.

‘‘I’ve been pretty loyal to this com­pany, and you get noth­ing back from them.’’

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Unions Can­ter­bury joined Wendy’s work­ers who walked off the job of Sky cus­tomers didn’t elect to buy Sky En­ter­tain­ment with Sky Starter, that would still rep­re­sent a rev­enue hit for Sky of $36 mil­lion a year.

Mac­Far­lane says Sky is happy with the way the Sky Ba­sic split has worked out so far, which may be a good in­di­ca­tion Sky doesn’t think it’s on track for a higher level of cus­tomer down­grades. But it may still be early days. ‘‘We don’t want to come out and say this has been a suc­cess,’’

he says. to strike in Hornby over stalled col­lec­tive con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Wil­liams said there were is­sues around min­i­mum hours per week, ros­ter­ing and breaks which had led her to be part of the strike.

Unite na­tional di­rec­tor Mike Tween said it was ‘‘a vi­cious at­tack on the very lim­ited in­come these work­ers al­ready re­ceive’’.

Wendy’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Danielle Len­dich la­belled Treen’s com­ment’s "mis­lead­ing and in­ac­cu­rate" and said the par­ties had worked col­lab­o­ra­tively through­out the ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Se­ries like Game of Thrones have been big busi­ness for Sky.

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