UK is possibly in the midst of a strike for the first time ever after workers at two different branches of McDonalds near London apparently voted to protest for more secure working hours and higher minimum wage.
Employees at restaurants in Crayford and Cambridge came together to decide to call for industrial action from the fast-food giant, McDonalds. They are demanding a wage of at least £10 per hour, more secure working hours, and recognition of the right to form a trade union as employees of the company.
According to Leader of the Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn, he has spoken to members of Baker’s Food, and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) and has gathered that these employees have long been campaigning for the same thing but unfortunately it has never been addressed by higher committee so this left them with no choice.
The BFAWU said workers have found themselves living in low wages with irregular working hours and to some, it is seen as a punishment for being involved in a union. It has caused employees to have a hard time in making ends meet and some has even already lost their homes.
Evening Standard reported that the UK National Living Wage stands at £7.50 for workers aged 25 and over, and £7.05 for those aged 21 to 24.
It was also disclosed that in the US McDonalds, with the support of Service Employee’s International Union staff are campaigning to get 15 US dollars (£11.65) an hour.
The national president of BFAWU, Ian Hodson, said that they are all for the historic decision of these brave McDonalds staff to stand up and fight back against abusive fast-food giant McDonalds who’s been given one too many times of opportunities to fix their system.
Independent UK reported that a McDonalds spokesperson released a statement that read: “We can confirm that, following a ballot process, the BFAWU have indicated that a small number of our employees representing less that 0.01% of our workforce are intending to strike in two of our restaurants. As per the terms of the ballot, the dispute is solely related to our internal grievance procedures. We are proud of our people at McDonald’s, they are at the heart of all we do and we work hard to ensure that our teams are treated fairly.”
McDonalds employs over one million worldwide and in April they announced that workers will be given an option to choose between fixed or flexible contracts with minimum regular hours. They also promised that by May, there will be an increase of 17% in the hourly pay.