What would a fair pay agreement look like for hospitality workers?

by Charlotte Muru-Lanning on The Spinoff

Proposed fair pay agreement legislation could be one of the biggest shake-ups to our employment laws in the last thirty years. So what will it mean for those in the hospitality industry?

Xavier Walsh is passionate about working in hospitality. Having been employed in the industry for seven years, Walsh currently has a job at McDonalds as well as a casual role as a bartender. “I can think of nothing better than working in a bar forever,” they say, “but the current standards means that you can’t do it, it’s just not sustainable.”

Walsh believes their experience in hospo has been characterised by underpay and overwork, with little acknowledgment of the skills and commitment they bring to the job.

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