HUMAN RESOURCES | Staff Reporter, Australia

Domino's says they continue to pay drivers' penalty rates

The pizza chain stressed that their workers receive "among the highest" wages in the industry.

Domino’s has said that they are continuing paying off the penalty rates that their drivers get for late nights, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays based on the Modern Fast Food Award.

“It’s a small charge that helps offset for our local franchisees the cost of doing business on that day. We would love to see a level playing field – we would like our local franchisees to compete on our food and our service, not who can pay their team members less," Nick Knight, Domino’s CEO in Australia/New Zealand said in a statement.

“Domino’s do pay penalty rates on Sundays, Saturdays, late nights and on public holidays, where many of our competitors don’t pay penalty rates at all – some pay drivers as ‘sham contractors’ where they are not even afforded the minimum of superannuation, minimum shift engagement and workers compensation,” he added.

Knight also claims that their workers receive among the highest wages in the industry for treating their drivers as ‘team members’ and not ‘pretend contractors’. He even challenged the public to go to other fast food chains to find out themselves.

“Until there is a level playing field, we look forward to leading from the front, and rewarding our team members, as they deserve.”

Domino’s launches ‘Doughraiser’ for drought-affected communities
The pizza chain is also aiming to round-up AUD $100,000 to give to Rural Aid, a charity group dedicated to helping people in rural areas.

The 'Doughraiser' requires that for every pizza bought from 4pm to 9pm in its stores across Australia, 50c will be donated to the initiative.

“These farmers are a part of the Domino’s family – they supply our food, they are our business partners, our customers, and they are fellow Australians, so it’s important we do what we can to help,” says Knight.

“So many farmers out there are doing it really tough at the moment and we want to throw our full support behind them by raising vital funds for Rural Aid,” Mr Knight said.

Rural Aid’s CEO Charles Alder thinks that having a huge company like Domino’s on their side will make a big change for the Aussie farmers.

“It will allow us to continue our work in delivering much-needed fodder, water and groceries to the farming communities that need it the most.”

Domino’s charity foundation, Give for Good, will also be giving AUD$ 40,000 to the cause.

“We remain committed to providing focused funding and support for rural communities, local farming needs, sustainability initiatives, as well as meaningful programs that improve the overall impact of our sustainable food procurement journey,” says Knight.

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