My name is Alex Ross and i am 16 years old. Recently I started work as a Pizza Hut delivery boy. When i started, before my first day, the store manager did not mention how much i would be paid (i assumed minimum wage at NZ$12.50/hour). It turns out that i have been employed as an 'Independent Contractor'. I am not sure whether you deal with complaints in New Zealand or whether you have any idea what i am talking about but after two months working at Pizza Hut, i wanted to seek some help. As an 'Independent Contractor', i get paid NZ$5.50 for every delivery that i do. I have not signed anything or entered into any 'Contract' so this is purely a verbal agreement. A typical shift that i do would be from 5-10pm on any night of the week my boss calls me. On some nights it might be quite busy and i may get 8 or 9 deliverys in this time period, other nights it is very quiet and i may only get 1 or 2. Over the course of the two months since i started working, i have averaged out my paychecks against my hours spent working (minus petrol costs, which i have to pay for myself), and it comes to below NZ$4.50/hour, with the hourly rate for any one night never going above minimum wage. During the downtime at the store when i am not delivering, i am not allowed to leave the store, even though i am not being paid for that time. While at the store they also make me cut pizzas and pack fries as they are understaffed, i would accept this if i was being paid hourly as it would keep me busy and put my time to efficient use. But since i get paid per delivery, the work in store that they make me do, is purely free, and i believe it may be exploitation. I was wondering if it is illegal, or if there is anything i could do to complain and seek change.
Please contact me back on the email Alex.Lloyd.Ross@gmail.com if there is anything you could do to explain the situation further or if you could help me.