McDonald's United Kingdom workers strike for first time

McDonald's United Kingdom workers strike for first time

Ian Hodson, national president of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), said: "We fully support the historic decision by these courageous workers to stand up and fight back against McDonald's - a company that has let them down one too many times".

The Newmarket Road branch remained open, but there was a picket line outside from 6am until 7am when protestors left to go to London for a national rally in a dispute over pay.

British staff at fast food chain McDonald's are to go on strike for the first time today over wages and conditions.

Indeed, a McDonalds" worker at another restaurant commented: "Seeing workers mobilise in two restaurants and balloting in favour of action has inspired me to build the union in my workplace and fight for the same pay and conditions'.

They are demanding a minimum wage of £10 per hour and guaranteed hours per week.

McDonald's staff are "scared to come to work" at some restaurants where managers shout and swear at them, a striking worker has claimed. "They have been the pioneers of zero-hours contracts".

McDonald's highlighted that those on strike made up less than 0.01 percent of its workforce and that 86 percent of its workers had opted for flexible contracts.

The fast-food chain has been one of the biggest users of zero-hours contracts in Britain, although it has recently started offering workers the option of moving to fixed hours.

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"I've put my heart and soul into working for this company for over a year", said one such staff member, turfed out last week.

The dispute originated from McDonald's use of zero-hour contracts and staff complaints of low wages.

However the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) has not ruled out employees picketing outside branches in Courier Country at a future date. "We shouldn't have to hope we're going to get some hours at work".

In the US McDonald's has faced wage pressure from the Service Employees International Union, which launched a campaign that has helped more than 10m workers move towards a $15 minimum wage, and with 20m workers having won wage increases since 2012.

"As per the terms of the ballot, the dispute is exclusively related to our internal grievance procedures and not concerning pay or contracts." said a McDonald's spokeswoman.

McDonald's employees around 85,000 people in the UK.

McDonald's reported revenues of $24.6 billion in 2016, while Chief Executive Steve Easterbrook earned $15.4 million. "Our internal processes underpin that commitment".

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