I work at a retail/department store chain based in New Zealand. Salespeople of this store are expected to arrive at work half an hour before the store opens to discuss sale prices and general administration issues. I noticed quite shortly after starting my employment at the store that I was not being paid for this half an hour.
I brought this to the attention of my manager who informed me that no one gets paid for this time, and that it is stated so in our Employment Contract. After discussing with other colleagues it became apparent to me that they did not consider this to be odd or unfair.
Am I wrong to think that this is not only unprofessional but also illegal? The fact that this is stated in our contract makes me reluctant to contact the companies HR department. How can I handle this problem without causing problems for my employment?