SkyCity Auckland does away with 'zero hours' contracts

SkyCity Auckland has agreed to abolish "zero hour" contracts for its nearly 3500 waged staff.
Peter Meecham

SkyCity Auckland has agreed to abolish "zero hour" contracts for its nearly 3500 waged staff.

SkyCity Auckland is ditching "zero hour" contracts for staff on collective agreements.

The casino operator reached an agreement with Unite Union and the Service and Food Workers Union which will result in staff being guaranteed a higher minimum number of hours.

From January, all staff on collective employment agreements will be guaranteed eight, 16, 20 or 32 hours of work each week.

Workers on zero-hour contracts have no guarantee how many hours work they will get from week to week.

Zero-hour contracts have also recently been abolished at Burger King, McDonald's and Restaurant Brands, which owns the KFC, Starbucks, Pizza Hut and Carl's Jr chains.

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SkyCity Auckland staff will have the option of electing a higher number of hours or remaining on their current minimum hours, depending on their individual circumstances.

Unite Union assistant secretary Tom Buckley said the outcome was an "exceptional result".

Buckley said all of SkyCity Auckland's nearly 3500 waged staff were on collective agreements.

About 90 per cent of members voted in favour of the contract, he said.

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Income security had been an issue for many union members, Buckley said.

"There's a great deal of relief this resolution has been put to bed."

SkyCity corporate services manager Grainne Troute said the company was pleased to be providing staff more security.

"While the company has always said it needs flexibility from its employees because of the nature of our business, we also recognise the importance of security of hours to our staff," Troute said.

SkyCity Auckland staff will also receive a 2.5 per cent pay rise as well as other long-service payment benefits and minimum pay rates for years of service, under the agreement. 

Troute said the company was pleased to have had a constructive relationship with the unions throughout the collective bargaining process. 

 - Stuff

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