How to get your first two pay rises at McDonald's:

McDonald’s workers can get their first pay rise by completing CCO (Crew Certificate of Operations) training which is supposed to be made available to all employees within the first 3 months of employment but often is not.

Click here to learn how to get your CCO completed

Covid-19 lockdown information:

McDonald's will pay staff at least 80% of average weekly income during the shutdown. Staff can top this up to 100% with their annual leave if they want.

Unite believes the practice of paying employees 80% of average weekly pay may be unlawful, if the amount is less than the employee's agreed minimum hours.

Memo from McDonald's:

Afternoon team McOpCo

You should by now be across the decision that has been made by Jacinda Ardern to shut the country down for the next 4 weeks as a minimum. Whilst we can imagine that this will be a stressful time for all of you, this is a decision that will save lives.

In relation to what this will mean for you as an employee, I want to provide complete confidence that there will be no redundancies across McOpCo during this time.

When it comes to the way your wages will be processed, please see detail as follows:

  • w/e 29th March – you will be paid for 100% of all rostered shifts

Following weeks will be paid as follows:

  • w/e 5th April
  • w/e 12th April
  • w/e 19th April

Minimum of 80% of your average weekly income.

You will have the opportunity to apply for leave during this period to top up to 100%
of your average weekly income. Please apply through the Maxtel app.

As mentioned before, we appreciate that this may be a stressful time for you, and we
would like to remind you that EAP Services will be available throughout.

Please reach out to your Restaurant Manager in the first instance should you have
any questions.

Please note that this communication is fluid and will be updated as further Government announcements are made.


Unite's previous wins at McDonald's:

What Unite union members have achieved over the last twelve years through collective bargaining:

  • Securing 100% of agreed minimum hours. Only a few years ago all McDonald's workers were on “zero hour” contracts.
  • Getting all McDonald's workers paid 30 cents an hour more than the minimum wage, as well as a clear and fair system for a further 55 cent per hour increase within a year.
  • Leading campaigns (including a petition signed by 250,000 people) to double the value of the minimum wage from 30% of the average wage to nearly 60% today.
  • Getting rid of youth rates in 2006 and stopping the company re-introducing them in 2013.
  • Increasing paid breaks from 10 to 15 minutes  and getting compensation of an extra 15 minutes pay for missing a paid break.
  • Getting a clear system for breaks into the agreement so that the company can’t take them away when the government changed to law to reduce the requirement to provide regular paid and unpaid breaks.
  • Getting a “pass-on” payment of up to $300 for union members only when the new collective agreement was signed.
  • Stopping the company from being able to fire you for no reason within 90 days of starting your job.
  • Increasing the rates for Shift Supervisors by $1.50 per hour and winning a Higher Duties Allowance.
  • Back pay for all current and former McDonald's staff for holiday pay miscalculations that will be paid out in 2020
  • Easier entitlement to an alternative holiday for working on a public holiday.

Lead Organiser


Mike Treen

National Director

Mike is based in Auckland and is our National Director

029 525 4744