25 Mar '11, 10pm

McDonald's finally completes first level of Diner Dash, unlocks french fry machine upgrade for productivity bonus.

McDonald's restaurants can serve customers faster because of new methods of preparing food. A machine that dispenses frozen fries into a wire-mesh basket for a deep fry in hot oil has reduced the time taken to around four seconds. -- ST FILE PHOTO MCDONALD'S workers will get a fatter pay packet from next month. The wages of its 6,000 rank-and-file workers will increase by an average of 20 per cent, thanks largely to new machines and work systems that have improved productivity. It means a McDonald's employee, working full-time, can expect to get $1,100 a month instead of $900. For their team leaders, the pay will increase to $1,240, from $1,100. The company made the announcement on Friday as its officials took top unionists on a tour of a Bukit Timah restaurant to demonstrate its new ways of preparing food and getting paid, methods now found at most of its 115 restaurants ...

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