Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/960/26039

From The Socialist newspaper, 30 August 2017

McStrike against low pay

Protest outside McDonalds in  Leicester, 15.4.15

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

"I have experienced first-hand the insecurity of zero-hour contracts, low pay and abuse by the management, to both me and my fellow workmates", says Richard, a McDonald's worker and Socialist Party member.

These grievances will be all too familiar to many workers and are among the reasons McDonald's staff are striking for the first time on 4 September.

Richard says: "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.

"I am 100% behind the union taking strike action and will also be attending the protest outside McDonald's HQ in East Finchley, London, on 2 September. Solidarity with the McDonald's workers walking out on the 4 September!"

Historic

The workers, members of bakers' union BFAWU, balloted at Crayford, south east London, and Cambridge stores have voted by an incredible 95.7% in favour of strike action.

Already, by voting for the historic strike, the workers have forced McDonald's to implement the twice-promised offer of guaranteed hours for every McDonald's worker in the UK.

McDonald's workers will join a list including health workers in east London, bin workers in Birmingham and janitors in Glasgow who have been fighting for better pay and conditions - and in the case of the latter two, winning.

Their action shows we can beat the bosses and their inspiring strike action should be a signal not just to employers, but to other low-paid, exploited workers that we can fight back and organise to get rid of zero-hour contracts, bullying bosses and poverty pay.

On 20 August, as a member of BFAWU, Richard attended a McDonald's strike committee meeting as a visitor. He reports: "The meeting took place at one of the strike locations in Crayford and a decision was made to walk out on 4 September. The step was a historic decision and will be the first ever McDonald's strike to take place in the UK.

"At the meeting McDonald's workers from Crayford and Cambridge spoke of the reasons why they decided to take strike action. These included the failure of the company to roll out fixed-term contracts and the continued utilisation of exploitative zero-hour contracts, low pay, job insecurity and bullying management."

The strike takes place on 4 September. Workers are also fighting for a 10 an hour minimum wage now, and union recognition.

The Socialist Party fights for these demands for all workers and will be supporting the McDonald's strikers in their dispute.

You can donate to the strike fund and send messages of support at fastfoodrights.wordpress.com, and join the #McStrike events and picket lines:

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


In The Socialist 30 August 2017:


Socialist Party news and analysis

McStrike against low pay

School spend is behind eastern Europe

May's lies about foreign students exposed

Landlord licensing under threat - fight back

Corbyn confirms 1bn for the arts


What we think

Reject Starmer's Single Market u-turn


Workplace news and analysis

Barts health workers' strike: pay up Serco!

Ford workers vote for action - the fight is on

BT attack on pension benefits

Bron Afon housing workers step up strike

Unite takes legal action against Argos


International socialist news and analysis

China: debt crisis, state repression and the prospects for workers' struggle

Hong Kong: mass demonstration against repression

Where is Scotland going?


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Chatsworth workers and patients fight to save ward

Campaigners fight second Yorkshire Women's Aid closure in two years

Community and artists campaign to save Todmorden College

Orgreave campaign calls Halloween rally


Socialist readers' comments and reviews

Should you be furious about 'furious cycling'?

Catchy folk rock with a socialist edge

The Socialist inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 30 August 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

McDonalds:

triangleMay Day McStrike: "A symbol for all workers"

triangleMcDonald's strikers: "We demand a living wage and decent conditions"

triangleStrike wins biggest pay rise in ten years

triangleMcStriker addresses Greenwich trade unionists

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

Low pay:

triangleLondon - 'autumn of discontent'

triangleMcDonald's - Striking to end low pay

triangleLife in the gig economy

triangleMinimum wage debate: how can we end the scandal of low pay?

Pay:

trianglePay, jobs, pensions... Vote for a fighting general secretary

triangleUCU votes for pay and pension strikes

triangleMinimum wage debate: what should we be demanding?

Workers:

triangleForbo Flooring Derbyshire strike

Strike:

triangle"This is going to be the biggest battle we've seen in Britain for a number of years"

Mcdonald:

triangleWandsworth Town McDonald's strike protest, one of six sites in South London taking action on 12.11.19. Photo Isai Priya

Union:

triangleNorthern Ireland: Uniting the working class to transcend division

BFAWU:

triangleThem & Us

Zero-hour contracts:

triangleLabour and the fight for a shorter working week

Low-paid:

triangleBEIS: Outsourced caterers' indefinite strike victory

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

8/11/19

Trotskyism

New book: In Defence of Trotskyism

8/11/19

Socialist

Latest posters, leaflets & petitions

7/11/19

Derby

Call to Derby Labour members: Don't stand against Chris Williamson

6/11/19

UCU

UCU votes for pay and pension strikes

6/11/19

PCS

Pay, jobs, pensions... Vote for a fighting general secretary

6/11/19

Royal Mail

"This is going to be the biggest battle we've seen in Britain for a number of years"

6/11/19

US

Incompetent bosses use tech to bully us

6/11/19

CWI

Preparing to shape events internationally

6/11/19

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland: Uniting the working class to transcend division

6/11/19

West Midlands

West Midlands Trains guards to strike

6/11/19

Derbyshire

Forbo Flooring Derbyshire strike

6/11/19

Housing

1 million cuts plan: Peabody housing workers announce strike ballot

6/11/19

PCS

PCS: "Under the right leadership workers are prepared to fight"

6/11/19

Hackney

Double-dealing Hackney council bosses face renewed strike action

30/10/19

Grenfell Tower

Grenfell inquiry serves to deflect opinion away from the establishment

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07954 376 096

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999