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Kiwi union workers join international fast food pay protest

Published: 12:49PM Thursday May 15, 2014 Source: ONE News

Union workers are rallying outside an Auckland fast food chain today over pay and working conditions.

New Zealanders have joined fast food workers in the United States, who are going on strike as part of an international push to make the big chain restaurants raise wages and respect workers' rights.

New Zealand is one of only a handful of countries where fast food workers have union rights.

United union is also campaigning for New Zealand fast food workers to be paid a minimum of $15 an hour.

Campaign leader Taylor McLoon says fast food workers in New Zealand struggle with low wages, insecure hours and poor conditions.

"We're showing both solidarity with fast food workers in the United States and around the world, and also showing McDonald's they should be improving their conditions in New Zealand as well," Ms McLoon said.

McDonald's workers in New Zealand can't legally strike because they are under a collective contract.