Domino's Pizza Workers Walk Off for Living Wage

Staff Writer
Plus, Britain tells Domino's to pay their employees more

Domino's Pizza might have to consider a living wage.

Looks like Domino's Pizza is having all sorts of staffing issues. In New York, 24 workers walked off the job during a Living Wage protest this Saturday, only to have management refuse to let them back for their jobs.

DNAInfo reports that Domino's delivery workers at a Hudson Heights location participated in a Living Wage rally last Thursday, only to have management retaliate by giving them extra hours and reducing their delivery shifts (thus reducing the number of tips they receive).

When the workers tried to talk to management, the manager reportedly said, "If you don't like it, the door's open."

One worker told DNAInfo he earned $5.65 an hour, and when they tried to return to work Sunday morning they were told their jobs weren't available.

Meanwhile, in the U.K., Lance Batchelor, Domino's chief executive, has complained that the Domino's locations are unable to fill all the jobs thanks to a shortage of labor. Batchelor, who blames tight immigration rules, said, "We're struggling to get enough employees. Since the immigration laws were tightened up two or three years ago, we are finding it harder and harder to hire staff, especially in London and the South East (of England)," Batchelor told London's Evening Standard newspaper. "People who would have worked here a few years ago now don't want these jobs. We could fill 1,000 jobs across the U.K. tomorrow if we could get candidates to apply for them."

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Of course, it's probably not all about immigration. Immigration minister Harper said, "It seems to me that if you have jobs available and you can't fill them he perhaps ought to just reflect on the salary package that he is offering. He should perhaps pay his staff a little more and then he might find it easier to recruit them."