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McDonald's workers protest police discount

Published: 12:51PM Thursday May 16, 2013 Source: ONE News

McDonald's workers suspended burgers on fishing rods outside a police station today, protesting police being given a 50% discount instore while staff are refused free meals on shift.

The striking workers joined supporting students from AUSA, who held a Fish-in at Auckland Central Police station at 2.30pm. 

The striking workers said in a statement today that "McDonald's burgers, suspended on fishing rods, will be lowered to the doors of the station, in an attempt to lure officers out".

Union organiser Joe Carolan said: "You have to wonder about a franchisee who gives the cops a 50% discount, but won't give his own workers a free meal on shift, like most other fast food operators do."

They said the protest would also raise the serious issue about officers contravening the official Police Code of Conduct, which prohibited officers receiving discounts, favours or gifts of any sort.

Today's action follows a protest last week where a McDonald's worker who claims he was unfairly discriminated against because he is gay protested alongside colleagues and members of the gay community in central Auckland.

Sean Bailey, a worker at the fast food chain's Quay Street store in Auckland, told he had been discriminated against by a manager on two separate occasions during work, as well as being told to change his voice because it sounded "too gay".

Bailey, other McDonald's workers and members of the LGBT community, held a "kiss in" at the McDonald's Britomart store, and an improvised Gay Disco experience was held outside on the picket line.

Other McDonald's workers who allege they have experienced bullying because of their ethnicity, gender and sexuality were also present.'s calls to McDonald's for comment are yet to be answered.