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Posted on 11 September 2019 at 14:24 GMT
Wandsworth Town strike protest by McDonald's workers, 12th November 2019 , photo Isai Priya (Click to enlarge)
McStrikers taking on second biggest employer in world
'McStrikers', mainly young workers, are taking on the second biggest employer in the world, demanding £15 an hour.
Strikers from six south London McDonald's restaurants protested in Wandsworth on the morning of Tuesday, 12 November, and then at Downing Street in freezing rain at lunchtime.
Rob Williams spoke to give solidarity from the National Shop Stewards Network.
Striker Melissa declared: "We've had enough! - of choosing between paying the gas or buying food. Of not being able to buy new shoes for work".
The BFAWU bakers' union said that these brave workers are standing up for low paid and zero hour contract workers across the country.
John McDonnell spoke and pledged support for their £15 an hour claim.
Helen Pattison, London Socialist Party
Brimsdown, north London: Socialist Party members showing solidarity with the south London McStrikers, photo by Pete Mason (Click to enlarge)
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