Maybe if her hair wasn’t the same colour as a rooster she could get a better job


IRONIC: Looks like a rooster and works for KFC

The UNITE union is bleating about casual contracts.

Casual work contracts are leaving a growing number of families on the breadline, a budget adviser says.

The Unite Union, which represents about 7000 workers mostly in the fast food industry, has launched a campaign against zero hours contracts that offer no guaranteed work each week.

Mangere Budgeting Services chief executive Darryl Evans said over the past couple of years he had seen a rapid rise in the number of people with these contracts seeking budgeting assistance.

“It’s still less than 10 per cent of our clients but it’s definitely increasing.  Eighteen months ago I wouldn’t have known anybody on zero hours.  By next year it could be up to 15 or 20 per cent.”   

Evans said families in this situation often found it tough, living from pay cheque to pay cheque with no idea how much money they would be bringing in from week to week.

“You can’t budget and can’t manage a household when income is so erratic.  It’s just too difficult to survive.”

KFC worker and Unite Union member Tegan Tinsley said it was stressful not knowing how many hours she would be working each week.

“One week I’ll be really comfortable with my hours and the next week my hours will drop by 10 or 20 hours so I will start panicking and looking for a new job and then they will be bumped up again the next week.

Unite Union national director Mike Treen said the contracts were ripe for abuse by managers.

“We asked our members at the conference if they had ever been punished by having their hours cut, and more than half put their hands up.  I was quite surprised.”

Honestly these people just annoy the hell out of me.

They slag their bosses off and then wonder why they get less hours.

Consequences..oh and get a decent hair cut and lose the attitude and you might find work opportunities abound.


– Fairfax


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  • Tony Norriss

    How much does it cost to keep your hair that colour? Perhaps she could focus her spending on essentials.

    • mommadog

      probably not much. Looks like something you would get from a bottle of hair colour from the supermarket rather than a professional hairdresser applied colour.

  • What the unions and Little don’t mention is that the reason why an employer has a “flexi-hours” requirement is because they don’t have a full time need, or they would offer someone a full time roll to fill that need.

    Horribly inconvenient that bit of logic…

    Another way to look at it is that no one ever, anywhere has a “job for life” like one might imagine up in a socialist nirvana alternative universe. The political Left almost seem to come from a wonky-logic position that the job holder is the “owner” of the role? But I guess they thought they were a credible option in Election 2014 also, so go figure.

    No one is forced to remain in a job the don’t like – they’re always free to upskill, retrain, relocate to ensure the “goods and services” they’re selling are what an employer is willing to “buy”

    • Whitey

      I can’t understand why anyone would even want a job for life. The same old job for decades with no change, no variety, no opportunity. That’s my idea of hell.

      • sin-ic

        I was always told, and I have had a successful business life, that to make oneself indespensable precludes promotion.

        • Whitey

          I think there’s a lot of truth in that.

  • This is a real problem for people such as the girl above. I used to employ about 800 staff in a health industry and a number of those were entry level positions. However, much as people like to be different, being different doesn’t get a position among a group of professionals. I can be as broadminded as the rest and what people do to adorn themselves is up to them, but unfortunately bright red hair and a nose ring wouldn’t get you past a preliminary interview.
    The reality is that employers can pick and choose good staff these days and why would we compromise standards to accommodate the more extremes of fashion?
    Besides which I wouldn’t want to frighten my patients!

  • john Doe

    Casual employment is an important way for us employers to meet demands during peaks in work patterns. Casuals in my employ who keep their head down and work hard will invariably find themselves in full time employment in no time. Note to Tegan…. Bosses do not like workers who go sniveling to the Union.

  • Justsayn

    Does the union really think it is doing the best for this girl by publishing her situation in this way? It seems that the union officials are abusing her trust to further their own ends.

  • The Whinging Pom

    I assume that following his speech on Monday Mr Little will be supporting initiatives like zero hours contracts to assist small businesses to create jobs (or to stop jobs from being migrated to computers which are always on zero hour contracts…)

    • kayaker

      Did you hear about the speech he did to Unite in the afternoon? Audrey Young (I think it was) did a good article on it – the tale of two speeches.

  • MaryLou

    These jobs are wonderful “starter” jobs – exactly the sort of thing I’ll be pushing kids towards during school holidays etc. To assume they should pay enough to support a family will only ever speed up the automaton process – like in the US!

  • Brian

    I also employ casuals because it’s the nature of the industry I am in. Invariably the good ones with great attitudes, ethics etc., are the first ones approached for any full-time or part time jobs offered to them when they become available. Maybe some of these whingers should own a business and see how they would staff it??

  • kayaker

    Unfortunately, the hair is a real distraction. Who knows, underneath it all there may be a good work ethic. However, any potential employer (I amongst them) would be distracted by the hair. It’s a sign of lack of self awareness and a poor judgement call which could potentially carry through to the person’s work. That’s what would be going through an employer’s mind.

    • Monito

      And more so in the hospitality area or a front line retail role in a food business.

      • Rachael Membery

        My daughter is a qualified chef and is sporting a similarly coloured do. Agreed that she has qualifications to back herself up but it is just an expression of personality.

        • Monito

          No problem with that I am sure that she has her hair covered when she is in the kitchen

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  • Quinton Hogg

    I am an employer in a professional services business.
    Because our staff have direct contact with clients presentation is important. Dyed hair such as Ms Tinsley is modelling would not be acceptable, at all.
    I am also surprised that KFC would let her work a counter with hair that colour even tied in a bun. Believe it or not they do have customer service standards.

  • Whitey

    So these people got punished by having their hours cut. I’d bet good money they were being “punished” for things like poor work ethic, stealing, bad attitude, not having the skills the employer needed, etc.

  • Hoju

    I hope she has enough money to pay her union organiser’s wages (and to attend conferences, drive about in union vehicles, overseas fact finding junkets, job for life).

  • Nugog

    I am an employer in the service/hospitality industry. When I was based in NZ it amazed/frustrated me the attitudes of many (generally young) employee’s. The formula is reasonably simple – the best/hardest working employee’s get the most hours. The useless whining ones get less or none. Work hard – get rewarded.

    • spanishbride

      My son is looking for full time work but currently only has part time work. However he has been offered some extra work by his employer this month. To me that tells me that they like him because they have lots of part timers that they could choose to offer extra hours too. He doesn’t complain that they can only offer him part time work. He is very grateful to get the work experience.

  • NotGandalf

    Its KFC darlin, not exactly a career path unless you plan on going up the management chain and working some development courses to help you get there. Casual work is the nature of fast food chains for young people, I see these joints as nothing more than a stop gap measure to bring in some income. Maccas, KFC should be little more than a right of passage for young people to learn work ethics and customer service. My own kids could end up doing a stint there, but as they already challenge themselves academically and have a work ethic that puts me to shame when I was their age I dont think they will need to. If you feel you are being taken advantage of, then better yourself.

  • BlitzkriegNZ

    People out there are screaming for good workers! If she was any good at anything she’d have a better job. My girlfriend has a blue and purple mohawk and she got a new job easy because she’s good at what she does. I’d say that girls sad sack victim playing and I’m guessing rubbish work ethic is why she gets her hours cut.

  • Next she’ll get a full facial moko and complain she can’t get a job as a trolley-dolly for Air NZ…

    Edit to add: Personal responsibility needs to be a large part of the equation. There’s only 1 common denominator in all your failed job applications…

  • metalnwood

    While the colour of hair is not my thing I have worked or seen working plenty of people with this kind of hair, the main difference is that they had been professionals in professional careers. In my case technical ones.

    I suggest you aim for something higher than KFC rather then asking KFC to supply all of your family needs.

  • corporate refugee

    Unite’s protests illustrate just how out of touch with reality it is. Many service businesses simply cannot predict what demand will be, and therefore what staffing requirements are.
    A casual contract is a two way agreement. No work guaranteed by the employer, no availability guaranteed by the employee. If it suits both parties then it happens. I fail to see what is unfair about that.
    Businesses would just have to offer jobs to fewer people if casual contracts were banned. As usual political dogma from union hard-liners threatens the livelihood of the very people they purport to represent.

  • JustanObserver

    “Attitude is Everything” …. All else can be learned.
    Why is this not taught in schools anymore ?
    If it gets too difficult to manage casual staff contracts, I see an ‘opportunity’ for the likes of AWF or other temporary labour providers .., you watch.

  • metalnwood

    You only have to see her Facebook page to see that she flats with flat mates, doesn’t seem to have any kids, is a party girl.

    What is this about not being able to manage a household? That sounds like someone maybe with a partner and a kid, not a young partying member of a flat. Your responsibilities don’t seem as big as it’s made out in the article.

  • CheesyEarWax

    Here is my free advice for Ms Tinsley and her union hack Mr Treen.
    Get a job that provide more certainty of work hours, nobody is forcing anyone to take zero-hour contracts.

    • BJ

      Exactly. And anyone that settles for this work thinking their income is secure enough to support a family and spend as though they have certainty of income, needs their head read.

  • Halcyon

    Unfortunately applying for jobs takes energy. Most can not be bothered to put the energy in. If your hours are down and are thinking about finding a new job then do it. Don’t sit on your backside and hope that things will improve.

  • bart jackson

    The fact this dipstick doesn’t realise is that in employment first impressions do count. The Hair is dis-incentive to employ you just like the munters who have slug gun pellets sticking out of their eyebrows & top lips and bit of metal piping shoved through their earlobes. Here’s a tip for you. You misheard when people said you hair looks cool, they actually said you look like a tool. Grow up, present yourself properly, educate yourself so you have some decent skills, and maybe you’ll get a job with regular hours and good pay. The only people in the real world who have sympathy for your plight are also morons so don’t take their advice because if they wern’t in a union they would also be working at McDs or be collecting the dole.

  • JoJo

    The UNITE union is doing this girl a disservice using her as an example to highlight what they perceive as a problem. After looking at her Facebook profile and reading comments it appears that she is still at uni and flatting .. not so much trying to run a household. My daughter is at uni and the casual contract is ideal as it allows both parties to be flexible with availability of work and to work. Tegan is only going to be put under a microscope and criticized for the benefit of the unions with no advantage to her well being. She will learn as she matures what will keep her in employment and what won’t.

  • Huia

    Feel sorry this kid is being held up by the Union to the public scrutiny , but they just do not get it. The first thing an interviewer does is look at the person applying for the work to see what sort of representative they would be for his/her business. I would turn her away because she isn’t going to project the imagine I want in my business. End of story for the idiots pushing this story.
    I want someone well groomed without the facial hardware and pink hair, I have worked hard to build up my business, I will NOT employ anybody who doesn’t fit what I’m projecting and where the business is going. Its my money, my business and I’m not going to waste it on someone who cannot present what I need.
    Same as I wouldn’t employ a girl for a reception position if she croaked when she spoke, as so many of the young girls do today.

    • Catriona

      Nope, I wouldn’t employ this young girl pictured either. She looks like a bunch of trouble with an amazing attitude problem. She would be a huge liability to any employer. And I agree, people who own businesses have a huge amount of money invested in them and it’s the old story – He who pays the Piper plays the tune.

    • abbaby

      Could you clarify – does what you wrote mean you will offer a fixed contract for the ‘right person’? Or will you expect that suitable person also to work on a casual basis?

      • Huia

        As I am not employing now so your questions are irrelevant. I was giving an example of what an employer does look for. Its not just qualifications, its the overall package being presented you are employing, but I suspect your already know that.

  • IanGreg

    So the best example Unite can find is a Student working part time….. As has been said below, plenty of us have been there, plenty of us understood the way the job worked and used the flexibility to our own advantage.

  • HunuaRanger

    Maybe if her hair wasn’t a post-punk prehistoric rat’s nest…

  • Dave

    Dear Unite Union, this is how it works from an employers perspective as a business owner, you know, the ones Little Angry Andy, your ex boss and wannabee PM describes as PARASITES.

    You see, this parasite has choices, we can hire whoever we deem appropriate, and best qualified and suited for the job. We firstly screen any applicant, we look to see if they answered the key criteria, then enter their name into google for a quick look. oops, terrible facebook profile, 200 peircings, not suited to our retail position etc etc, or yes, seems good.

    And as others have said we will offer as many hours as possible to our staff, our top performer has FULL TIME work now, and others get the bulk of the hours available. Some dont last, as they simply don’t apply themselves, its a self selection process for some of them. So, there you go, the best workers rise to the top of the work hours and pay, the rest end up in your articles complaining about their conditions, and you tell the world they feel hard done by.

    Final point, is she related or friendly with any of your officials or staff ?

  • Clutch Cargo

    I employ several young people on casual, as required contracts. Most of these people are uni students who are unable to give me a full time or regular committment and vice versa. They cover annual leave, sickness, stocktakes and busy times. They are all paid above min wage and can take advantage of on the job training opportunities. In most cases, upon graduation they come on board full time as entry level staff but progress very quickly given the opportunities that present in our organisation.
    If I was ever put in the position of locking in minimum hours and job size expectations, these opportunities would evaporate and many young staff would be denied the chance to show us what they had and get that foot on the ladder. Epic Fail on behalf of Unite

  • Catriona

    The Warhouse does exactly the same thing. Keep them dangling. And these people are foolhardy enough to keeping the likes of KFC and The Warehouse are their saviour? Don’t think so.

  • Tom

    I’d say after KFC read that she will probably not have any shifts. You can’t shaft your employer with the union and expect them to love you. I bet that lovely nose ring does it for people wanting to eat too.

  • John Warren

    Tattoos, piercings, and dodgy hair. Not the image I want for my business, nor am I interested in the attitudes that typically accompany these visible manifestations. It’s very unlikely I’d consider you.

  • Dog Breath

    My children both worked under this type of contract during their time at university when on summer break. In every case they were given a chance to prove their worthiness and in every case they exceeded expectations and it was not long before they had 40 plus hours soon followed by supervisory offers. They did very well by these types of contracts. I would suggest as the article implies that those who find themselves at the wrong end of these contracts need to look at themselves to see why they are not meeting an employers expectations.

  • sarah

    I get quite sick of going into these outfits where the person serving you really portrays they just don’t want to be there and their service is well quite crap. A few times I’ve complained especially when they stuff my order up and roll their eyes like it is such an inconvenience to them to actually get it right so I actually support this maybe then they will appreciate the job and actually do what they are paid to do