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Not lovin’ it: McDonald’s workers to walk out of 6 South London stores

The Bakers Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) has today notified 6 London McDonald’s stores that its members will go on strike on 12 November as part of an international day of action for fast-food workers’ rights.

The McDonald’s workers are calling for a New Deal for McDonald’s workers that would include: £15 an hour, an end to youth rates, the choice of guaranteed hours of up to 40 hours a week; notice of shifts 4 weeks in advance, recognition of the Bakers Food and Allied Workers’ Union, and to be treated with respect and dignity at work.

The strike will take place on a global day of action for fast food workers called by the International Union of Food (IUF) workers, which will see fast-food workers take to the streets around the world, including France, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, New Zealand, and many others. In the UK, War on Want and the TUC are organising days of action by across the UK to demonstrate public support for the McDonald’s workers.

McDonald’s workers in the BFAWU have previously gone on strike three times: on 4 September 2017, 1 May 2018, and 4 October 2018. This strike will be the largest to date of McDonald’s workers with more stores (6) going out on strike than ever before.

Lewis Baker, a McStriker, 28, from Crayford, who will go on strike for the fourth time said:

McDonald’s can afford to pay us £15 an hour. It’s a reasonable request for a corporation that earns millions every day. Instead of listening to what we’ve been demanding, McDonald’s has tried to dismiss us, saying we were few. Yet McDonald’s workers everywhere face the same issues of poverty pay, insecure hours and a lack of basic respect. We are growing bigger with every strike. It’s time for McDonald’s to give its workers a New Deal.” 

The London McDonald’s stores where BFAWU members have decided to strike are: Wandsworth Town, Downham, Balham, Deptford, Catford and Crayford.

Source: Fast Food Rights

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