Gold Coast McDonald’s manager’s insane salary is revealed
- Macca’s manager loses unfair dismissal
- Court reveals he earnt $206,592 package
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An unfair dismissal case has revealed the eye-watering salary and lavish perks of a regional McDonald’s manager.
Gold Coast man Matthew Laurence managed nine fast food restaurants run by the franchisee NGI Holdings Pty Ltd.
NGI Holdings is separate from the parent company of McDonald’s.
Mr Laurence was sacked on April 21 prompting him to file a claim of unfair dismissal with the Fair Work Commission – with his complaint dismissed on September 20.
He argued that he should not have been sacked from his job that paid an annual salary of $144,043.
Mr Laurence received several benefits on top of his annual pay with his final salary package rising to $206,592.
A Fair Work Commission hearing heard the manager of nine McDonald’s franchises was paid a total salary package over $200,000
Mr Laurence’s perks included a VW Touareg work car, fuel paid for in both that vehicle and another personal car, an annual $2,300 allowance for clothing and another $2,400 annual allowance that could be spent as he pleased.
Fair Work Commissioner Chris Simpson wrote that Mr Laurence accepted during the hearing he had told NGI Holdings director Edward Aldridge that he would be moving to Queensland and that it was ‘non-negotiable’.
Mr Laurence, who had worked for the company for 15 years, moved to the Sunshine State in June 2022.
He continued to work interstate some days of the week.
He charged $27,426 in domestic flights to NGI Holdings as he travelled between his Gold Coast home and the Albury/Wodonga region, on the NSW and Victoria border, three days a week.
Mr Laurence worked the other two days from his office in Queensland.
Mr Simpson dismissed the complaint explaining the Commission had no jurisdiction to deal with claims made by workers who earn more than $162,000.
Mr Laurence unsuccessfully argued his earnings were just $151,243, but NGI Holdings submitted Mr Laurence’s annual earnings were $206,592.
The Commission found that because the manager earnt over more than its jurisdictional limit they could not rule on his case
Mr Aldridge told the Commission he had agreed with Mr Laurence to pay for the flights in lieu of paying him a $20,000 ‘management bonus’.
Mr Laurence was employed under a ‘verbal agreement’ and was not under an award or enterprise agreement.
Mr Aldridge’s LinkedIn profile states that he owns McDonald’s in Albury, Lavington, Wodonga Homemaker, Wodonga Birallee, Corowa, Glenrowan North and South, Benalla,and Euroa.