Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

Posted on 18 April 2015 at 12:58 GMT


.   (Click to enlarge)

Global Fast Food Rights day of action

Helen Pattison, Youth Fight for Jobs, addressing protesters outside McDonalds, Marble Arch, London, 15.4.15, photo Judy Beishon

Helen Pattison, Youth Fight for Jobs, addressing protesters outside McDonalds, Marble Arch, London, 15.4.15, photo Judy Beishon   (Click to enlarge)

Young people, trade unionists and campaigners protested on Wednesday 15th April against zero-hour contracts and for a 10/hour minimum wage.

As part of the global day of protest, including strikes across America, over 50 hotel and other low-paid workers protested outside McDonalds at Marble Arch in London at a protest organised by Unite the Union's hotel sector. Members of the bakers' union BFAWU also joined the protest.

Some campaigners had turned up early to speak to staff in McDonalds and give them leaflets about the campaign, but management had taken the material off the workers. It's a legal right to join a union, so taking material off staff is an attack.

Outside McDonalds, Marble Arch, 15.4.15

Outside McDonalds, Marble Arch, 15.4.15   (Click to enlarge)

After a demonstration outside, the protest occupied the McDonalds demanding to speak to the staff. Protesters were told by managers that they were breaking the law.

But protesters thought: They are hardly the ones to talk! There have been plenty of allegations about McDonalds engaging in wage theft and union busting - which are illegal.

The protest agreed to end the occupation if a representative from the campaign could speak to staff one by one about trade union rights and why they should join a union.

I [Helen Pattison from Youth Fight or Jobs] was allowed to speak to all the staff about this. This was just the first piece of action today across London.

Helen Pattison


Outside McDonalds' northern regional office on Cross Lane in Salford, 15.4.15

Outside McDonalds' northern regional office on Cross Lane in Salford, 15.4.15   (Click to enlarge)

Fast Food Rights supporters in Greater Manchester, following our very successful local day of action on 21 February, paid a visit to McDonalds' northern regional office on Cross Lane in Salford, and after registering our protest there we leafleted the McDonalds outlet next door.

Participating in the demonstration were BFAWU members, socialists, students, and local trade unionists from a range of unions.

Our next action will be participating in the Greater Manchester May Day events on Saturday 2nd May, see for details.

Hugh Caffrey


Swansea, 15.4.15

Swansea, 15.4.15   (Click to enlarge)

Tower Hamlets, London

The Fast Food Rights day of action was enthusiastically supported in Tower Hamlets, East London. Students at Poplar College immediately responded to the demands raised, since so many are forced to work to survive and are being super-exploited on zero-hours contracts and the minimum wage.

Quite a buzz developed as word got around among students and staff. Both the TUSC parliamentary candidates for Tower Hamlets came along to promote the day of action.

After the protest at the college, the Fast Food Rights campaigners went into the shops at the nearby Chrisp Street market and approached the workers there to persuade them to join a union.

Pete Dickenson


Protest outside McDonalds in  Leicester, 15.4.15

Protest outside McDonalds in Leicester, 15.4.15   (Click to enlarge)


Nearly 100 people took part in Fast Food Rights protests in Glasgow on 15th April that went on for the whole afternoon. As well as the bakers' union (BFAWU), there were activists and banners from Unite, Unison, Youth Fight for Jobs, Socialist Party Scotland (SPS) and others.

Activists marched round the city shopping areas and went into McDonalds and KFC to protest and talk to fast food workers. Four workers joined the BAFWU while the action was going on, from fast food restaurants and a local hotel chain.

Hundreds of shoppers, many of them young people, signed up for information on the campaign for 10 an hour, an end to zero-hour contracts and for trade union rights.

SPS and Unite 'young member' activist Jamie Cocozza - who is also a TUSC candidate for Glasgow North East - spoke on the struggles of fast food workers internationally and the struggle against zero-hour contracts in his own workplace and called for the whole trade union movement to take up the struggle for 10 an hour.

Matt Dobson and Bryan Boyle


Sheffield, 18.4.15, photo by A Tice

Sheffield, 18.4.15, photo by A Tice   (Click to enlarge)


Trade unionists, TUSC campaigners and fast food workers were out in force at two McDonalds in Southampton. Passers by were outraged by the use of zero hours contracts - they were branded "slave labour".

Meanwhile the workforce at a variety of fast food chains received leaflets from campaigners explaining why they should join a union.

The BBC blackout for TUSC was briefly broken as we were mentioned by name in a piece on South Today.


Liverpool, 15.4.15

Liverpool, 15.4.15   (Click to enlarge)

The protest rally on 15th April outside Liverpool's 'flagship' McDonalds was addressed by former Liverpool city councillor and TUSC parliamentary candidate for Liverpool Riverside, Tony Mulhearn.

As crowds swelled and passers-by queued to sign the petition, Tony attacked the record of the main political parties - for allowing big business to get away with "scandalous levels" of poverty pay.

"We are living in food bank Britain" said Tony. "Working people are being paid a pittance and the bosses are raking in unprecedented profits. This protest is about fighting for the right to dignity for ordinary workers, and especially for the next generation".


In Leeds, Youth Fight for Jobs worked closely with members of the local Greggs of Yorkshire branch of the Baker's Food and Allied Workers' Union (BFAWU) to plan our day of action. Eight members of BFAWU joined the protest on the day, alongside members of Unite Community.

A week beforehand we had gone round leafleting fast food workplaces in the city centre. We managed to cover almost every fast food workplace in the city centre.

On the day itself we spoke to loads of people working insecure hours or zero-hour contracts about trying to organise and join a union. Low paid young workers spoke through our PA system, explaining their situation and encouraging those passing by and listening to support the campaign.

Iain Dalton, Leeds Youth Fight for Jobs

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.

Related links:

Fast Food Rights:

triangleMcStriker addresses Greenwich trade unionists

triangleSouthampton Socialist Party: Tories Out! Jeremy Corbyn can win with a socialist programme

triangleJarrow March: an inspiring show of solidarity between workers and youth

triangleRight's purges and exclusions show we must fight for a party for the 99%

triangleBFAWU conference 2016: "A council of war"


triangleSE London Socialist Students & Socialist Party: Global warming - A global threat

triangleExtreme weather events and global warming

triangleGlobal finance: Are those storm clouds ahead?

triangleCaerphilly Socialist Party: Global socialism - Report from CWI school


triangleWe're freezing: reverse cuts to boiler replacement schemes!

triangleThe Socialist inbox

triangleObesity epidemic: end food market anarchy


triangleVirgin train workers ballot for strike action

triangleHuge support for strikes of bus drivers and train guards


triangleThousands march in London for Palestine


triangleHistoric McStrike: if we don't get it, shut it down!

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns



Sheffield Eastern Ave Job Centre strike ends



Virgin train workers vote for strike action over pay



March for free education! We demand a future!



Plymouth PCS members fight relocation threat



Virgin train workers ballot for strike action



Carlisle socialists campaign against Universal Credit



Corbyn must challenge pro-gentrification council leader or others will


Socialist Party

Why I joined the Socialist Party: "I started to question whether there was a better way"



Strike wave continues with 49 walkout days by housing workers



Strikers picket the South Western Railway network



Huge support for strikes of bus drivers and train guards


Socialist Party

Highest ever ticket sales for Socialism event



Serco - not fit for purpose



Fight to keep guards on trains continues despite setback Aslef deal



Brum meeting celebrates centenary of 1917

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle15 Nov March for free education! We demand a future!

triangle15 Nov Tories on the brink - kick them out!

Socialism 2017

triangle14 Nov Socialism 2017: Organising to fight back

triangle13 Nov Strike wave continues with 49 walkout days by housing workers

triangle10 Nov US: Historic vote for Ginger Jentzen campaign in Minneapolis

triangle10 Nov Strikers picket the South Western Railway network

triangle10 Nov Europe in crisis, revolutionary winds in Catalonia

More ...

triangle20 Nov Birmingham Central Socialist Party: How can socialists support upcoming strikes?

triangle21 Nov Cardiff Socialist Students: Socialism and the struggle for LGBT rights

triangle21 Nov Birmingham South East Socialist Party: NHS in Meltdown - What can be done?

triangle21 Nov Sheffield North Socialist Party: The causes of capitalist crisis

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube



November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017





















Platform setting: = No platform choice