The SDA – the union for fast food workers – has lodged a landmark case against a second McDonald’s Franchisee in the Federal Court.
On behalf of 55 current and former crew members, the SDA is alleging that Delbridge Investments Pty Ltd (operated by Graham Delbridge) deliberately denied workers paid rest and drink breaks.
Delbridge Investments own the Murray Bridge, Rundle Mall East, Trinity Gardens sites and was the former owner of Mcdonald’s Cross Roads, all in South Australia.
The SDA is seeking thousands of dollars in compensation for workers who did not get the breaks they were legally entitled to and asking the Court to award penalties against the McDonald’s franchisee for breaching the McDonald’s Agreement and the Fast Food Award.
The SDA has concerns that Delbridge is now seeking to exit the McDonald’s Franchise business in order to escape liability for this legal action.
The SDA has written to McDonald’s Australia calling on them to ensure any exit by Delbridge or sale of these sites does not result in any workers missing out on any compensation they’re owed.
Quotes attributable to South Australian SDA Secretary Josh Peak:
“It’s outrageous that hundreds of workers – past and present – have deliberately been denied their paid breaks at McDonald’s.”
“Paid rest and drink breaks aren’t optional, they’re a right for all fast food workers.”
“McDonald’s is the first job for many teenagers across Australia. These workers are expected to work in these hot, fast paced environments and must get their breaks.”
“It’s not asking too much to expect a big employer like McDonald’s to do the right thing by young and vulnerable workers and ensure they receive all of their entitlements.”
“The SDA has received information that this McDonald’s Franchise is taking steps to exit the business.”
“We’re calling on McDonald’s Australia to prevent a situation that could lead to these workers being left empty handed.”
SDA SA Secretary Josh Peak and McDonald’s workers are available for further comment upon request.
Media Contacts: Milly Schultz-Boylen – 0458 790 006 (SA)
Jim Middleton – 0418 627 066 (National)