Krispy Kreme accused of unfair wages

A Queensland Krispy Kreme employee has applied to the Fair Work Commission to scrap the global doughnut giant’s enterprise agreement, alleging it paid workers below industry standards.

Mele Tulimaiau, has employed at a Krispy Kreme food manufacturing facility in Logan for four years, and despite working from 2pm to 10pm, she said she only received the base rate of $21.50 an hour.

Ms Tulimaiau told the Brisbane Times that she was missing out on $200 a week in penalty rates while working afternoons, nights and weekends.

“It’s not sustainable and it’s not secure, with no guaranteed hours even though I am a permanent employee,” she said.

“My job is very physical in a high-risk environment and I deserve to be getting paid the same wages and conditions that other food manufacturing workers receive under the industry award.”

A Krispy Kreme Australia spokeswoman told the publication the company was negotiating a new enterprise agreement, but claimed Krispy Kreme’s current hourly base rate is higher than the award.

“We don’t agree with the union’s calculations,” she said.

“We are following a process overseen by the Fair Work Commission that allows our employees to vote on a package that provides immediate increases in take-home pay and a pathway for career development.

“It is in everyone’s interests to resolve it as soon as possible.”

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