Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Time changed for action at Burger Fuel

Joanne Bartlett was fired on day 89 of her 90 day trial period at Mission Bay Burger Fuel. She was fired just after asking for more than one 10 minute break during her eight hour shift. Joanne received high grades in the company's training program, has culinary school qualifications and regularly worked extra shifts when asked. No reason was given for her
dismissal.

Activists picketed her store last Friday. During the picket company chief executive Josef Roberts told TV3 that Burger Fuel franchises would use the 90 day bill again in the future. When the cameras stopped rolling, Roberts pleaded with the picketers to stop as the store had lost their entire lunch trade which would significantly impact on their tight margins.

This CEO told Unite that he would make an agreement with them if they stopped taking action...Burger fuel has since reneged on its agreement.

It's time to send Burger Fuel a clear message. We need to picket as many stores as we can on the same day at the same time and drive the message home.

It is important for the workers movement that we get a concrete win at Burger Fuel. Not only do we need to send a strong message to other employers that we won't stop until we win, we need to show activists that there is action that they can be involved in that works and is fun.

That's why we are organising another round of protests on Saturday 4th of September from 12 noon - 2pm during Burger Fuels busiest lunch break. The first action in Auckland was successful and Wellington activists were successful the following day. It will work again, but this time it will hurt them more.

We need unions and activist groups to commit to adopting/organising a store and to appoint a contact person to help organise others to attend.

Already Australian unionists have agreed to picket the two Sydney Burger Fuels.

We are currently developing flyers and other materials for the picket and we will get them to you before the action.

Below you will find a list of stores. Please email me back at simon.oosterman@ndu.org.nz or contact me at 021 922 551 and let me know if:

a) You can join a picket,

b) The store you can picket and

c) If you (or someone from your organisation) can commit to being a contact person and help organise the picket at that store.

In the areas with multiple stores we may meet up at a single store before the picket to see what numbers we have on the day to make sure we’ve got enough for each store. (It will also make a better photo oppourtunity!)

Burger Fuel

Auckland - Albany - 94152315 - Albany- 7 Mercari Way Albany North North Shore
Auckland - Takapuna - 94894889 - Takapuna- 22 Anzac St Takapuna Auckland 0622
Auckland - Glenfield - 94440118 - 407 Glenfield Rd, Glenfield, Auckland, Next to Glenfield Mall
Auckland - Windsor Park - 94784366 - Unit 3 Windsor Park 544 East Coast Rd Mairangi Bay Auckland
Auckland - Mission Bay - 95210400 - 61 Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay
Auckland - Ponsonby - 93786466 - Ponsonby- 114 Ponsonby Rd Ponsonby Auckland 1011
Auckland - Parnell - 93773345 - Parnell- 187 Parnell Rd Parnell Auckland 1052
Auckland - CBD - 93090660 - Queen Street- 291 Queen St Auckland Central Auckland
Auckland - Mt Eden - 96300290 - Mt Eden- 214 Dominion Rd Mt Eden Auckland 1024
Auckland - Lincoln Rd - 98387746 - Henderson- 155 Lincoln Rd Henderson Auckland 0610
Auckland - Syvlia Park - 95730100 - Shop 73 286 Mt Wellington Hwy, Slyvia Park Shopping Complex
Auckland - Ellerslie - 95257752 - Ellerslie- 2 Robert St Ellerslie Auckland 1051
Auckland - New Lynn - 98276009 - New Lynn- 3074 Great North Rd New Lynn Auckland 0600
Auckland - Manukau - 92777705 - Manukau- 597 Great South Rd Manukau Auckland 2104
Auckland - Botany Downs - 92722499 - Botany Downs- 451 Ti Rakau Dve Botany Downs Auckland 2013
Tauranga - Cameron Rd - 75718677 - Cnr Cameron Rd & 12th Ave Tauranga 3112
Hamilton - Victoria Street - 78382400 - 213 Victoria Street Hamilton 3204
Hamilton - Five Cross Roads - 78550088 - Five Cross Roads 230 Peachgrove Rd Hamilton
Rotorua - Rotorua - 73484860 - 223 Fenton St Rotorua
Taupo - Taupo - 73780002 - 2 Roberts St Taupo 3330
Auckland - New Plymouth - 67699102 - 66 Eliot St New Plymouth 4310
Napier - Napier - 68354445 - 70 Carlyle St Napier 4110
Palmerston North - Palmerston North - 63547778 - 84 Fitzherbert Ave Palmerston North 4410
Wellington - Johnsonville - 44774008 - 103 Johnsonville Rd Johnsonville Wellington 6037
Wellington - Lower Hutt - 45861243 - 529 High St Lower Hutt Wellington
Wellington - Courtenay Place - 48019222 - 101 Courtenay Place, Under Saatchi & Saatchi

Unions are illegal in Dubai and Saudi Arabia and it is too dangerous to organise pickets there.


In Solidarity,
Simon Oosterman
Pak 'n Save and New World Organiser (Auckland)
National Distribution Union
m. +64 (0)21 922 551
dd. +64 (0)9 622 8433
f. +64 (0) 9 622 8353
e. simon.oosterman@ndu.org.nz
skype. simonoosterman

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