McDonald’s workers could strike for the first time in the UK

McDonald Workers Demonstrating in the USA

Workers at two McDonald’s outlets, in Cambridge and Crayford, London have voted to take industrial action over concerns about working conditions and the use of zero-hour contracts.

They also are seeking a wage increase to at least ÂŁ10 an hour says their union the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU).

In a statement the BFAWU said: “Workers have found themselves living on low wages with no guarantee of hours. This has been viewed by some as punishment for joining a union, and has seen employees struggle to meet their rent payments, whilst some have even lost their homes.”

McDonlad’s UK employees have been inspired by similar moves in the USA where fast food workers are campaigning to be paid $15 (ÂŁ11.65) an hour. At the moment the UK National Living Wage stands at ÂŁ7.50 for workers aged 25 and over, and ÂŁ7.05 for those aged 21 to 24.

Ian Hodson, BFAWU national president, added: “McDonald’s has had countless opportunities to resolve grievances by offering workers a fair wage and acceptable working conditions. This is a call for change.”

McDonald’s made a switch to flexible or fixed contracts with minimum guaranteed hours, in April this year and claimed it had increased hourly wages by 17% over the past two years.

A spokesman for McDonald’s said: “As per the terms of the ballot, the dispute is solely related to our internal grievance procedures.”

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