19 Days Remaining

Tuesday 22nd
posted by Morning Star in Britain

by Felicity Collier

McDONALD’S workers are set to strike on September 4, the Bakers, Food & Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) announced yesterday.

The initial threat of action by employees in Crayford, Kent, and Cambridge over zero-hours contracts prompted the burger chain over the weekend to cave in to workers’ demands over guaranteed hours.

But workers are furious that it took the multinational fi ve months to formally inform them that their concerns over conditions would be addressed.

BFAWU trade union organiser Gareth Lane told the Star the workers didn’t believe the chain would follow through on promises to end zero-hours contracts.

He said: “We demand that management sit with us and sign a legal document to say they will deliver what they said they would deliver to vulnerable workers.”

Picket lines will form outside the two stores from 6am in Cambridge and 7am in Crayford.

There will also be a day of action on September 2, where the union’s president and general secretary, along with Unite members from New Zealand, will pitch up at the corporation’s East Finchley headquarters.

Workers will then come together in Westminster where they will meet Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell.

Mr Lane said: “Workers are confi dent and ready to go. They’re chomping at the bit.

“If they snub us, other stores are ready to go. Workers are ready to go all over the place.”

BFAWU president Ian Hodson said: “McDonald’s have failed to deliver on the promises it made — it hasn’t dealt with their grievances procedure properly, hasn’t looked to seriously improve poor working conditions, and has failed to end the use of zero-hour contracts — something that was promised to workers just earlier this year.”

Steve, who works in the Cambridge Newmarket Road store, said: “It’s pretty bad on all fronts.

“Staff members have been threatened with violence if they don’t do their jobs. We’ve been completely ignored.

“It was only when we came together that we got answers.”

Scores of trade unionists tweeted their support to striking workers, with TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady saying: “Well done. So good to see low-paid workers organising and winning.”

Firefighters’ union FBU also posted: “Congrats to our friends at the bakers’ union for organising and winning for their members in McDonalds.”

McDonald’s had not responded to requests for comment at the time of going to press.