“It’s not sustainable and it’s not secure, with no guaranteed hours even though I am a permanent employee.
“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.”
United Workers Union director of food and beverage Susie Allison said under the agreement – made using the Howard government’s WorkChoices legislation – Krispy Kreme had been paying hundreds of Australian workers wages that were well below community and industry standards.
“We know that many workers are thousands of dollars a year worse off working under this agreement compared to working under 2020 award rates,” Ms Allison said.
“Howard’s WorkChoices zombie agreements still exist and are still hurting workers.
“Krispy Kreme has been exploiting workers, and this zombie agreement has handed the US owners an undeserved commercial advantage.”
A Krispy Kreme Australia spokeswoman said the company was negotiating a new enterprise agreement.
“We don’t agree with the union’s calculations,” she said. “Krispy Kreme’s current base hourly rate of pay is higher than the award, and in the proposed new agreement will be higher again.
“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.”
The spokeswoman said Krispy Kreme, which has been in Australia for more than 16 years, had an ongoing commitment to set standards that would benefit the company and its employees.
But Ms Tulimaiau said she was fighting for a fair wage.
“I decided to take action and submit the application as I am at a workplace with workers at a high risk of being exploited – young people, mothers, migrant workers, people who might not be comfortable to speak up,” she said.
“I will be really relieved if the agreement does get terminated as all I want is consistency in my work and to be paid a fair wage.”
Jocelyn Garcia is a journalist at the Brisbane Times, covering breaking news.