Fast Food Rights: upcoming plans and ‘activists’ pack’

 for bulletin 2At the last Fast Food Rights campaign planning meeting on 25 June, the campaign decided on a plan of action for the months to come. This followed the global day of action that saw protests across Britain as well as in over 30 other countries on 15 May in solidarity with US fast food strikes.

1. The next national Fast Food Rights days of action will take place on the day of the next US fast food strike. Dates are still being confirmed, but this will be late August/ early September. As soon as details are confirmed we will announce them.

2. In the meantime, Fast Food Rights is focussing on encouraging activists to use the ‘activists’ pack’ of materials (links below) in localities to visit fast food workplaces consistently, aiming to continue to build contact with fast food workers, asking them to join the union and get involved, meeting those interested to discuss the campaign and take part in the next day of action.

Please send copies of all contacts to fastfoodrights@mail.com / ian.hodson@bfawu.org so we can ensure they are all followed up. 

3. Following the next national day of action, the autumn will see a national speaking tour with fast food workers from the US who have led the inspiring strike movement to share their experience with fast food workers here. We aim to go for meetings where local Fast Food Rights groups are active. More details to follow shortly. 

Fast Food Rights activists’ pack:

Fast Food Rights bulletin.4pager

Fast Food Rights contact card

Fast Food Rights sign up sheet

BFAWU union form for fast food workers

Fast Food Rights Charter A4

Fast Food Rights Step by Step Activists’ Guide

*Attention fast food workers! Interested in the union’s campaign? Or do you have any questions or want to share your experiences at work? Please get in touch via email: 

EMAIL fastfoodrights@mail.com / ian.hodson@bfawu.org

or if you’d prefer to give us a call or text us: 07795 412 932 / 07739 326 003 

 

Sheffield Trades Council extends support for Fast Food Rights

SHEFFIELD TRADE UNION COUNCIL

the progressive voice of Sheffield’s trade union movement

 

Dear brothers and sisters in the IUF and BFAWU 

Sheffield Trade Union Council wishes to extend its support and gratitude to your respective organisations for a truly global fightback for fast food workers on 15th May. We welcomed this important initiative to highlight the desperate exploitation of fast food workers and in particular those working for profitable global giants like McDonalds. These are highly vulnerable workers many of whom have precarious employment status and have to endure zero hours contracts as well as a bullying management regime. They need a union – and they need all of our support!

Our Sheffield Community Branch together with local BFAWU members did hold a demonstration outside McDonalds in Sheffield city centre that day as part of these activities. We would like to support any future initiatives you are considering so please do keep us informed.

 

Yours in solidarity

 

Martin Mayer

Secretary

Sheffield Trade Union Council

Stand with US fast food workers arrested on protest at McDonald’s corporate event

Raise Up for 15 pic Illinois

US fast food strikers and supporters standing strong outside McDonald’s corporate shareholders’ meeting in Illinois, 21 May (Pic: Raise Up For 15 ‏@RaiseUpfor15)

Following the 15 May strikes that hit 150+ cities across the US as the global day of action saw solidarity protests in over 30 countries, fast food workers and their supporters headed to Oak Brook in Illinois on Wednesday 21 May to demonstrate at a McDonald’s corporate shareholders event.

It was clear from events on this demonstration that the sheer scale of action on 15 May, a reflection of which was the widespread global media coverage and the fact the #fastfoodglobal was the number one trending topic on twitter around the world, had really rattled McDonald’s bosses.

All fast food workers did was to stand strong and continue to push their straightforward demands for $15 an hour and a union. Yet on the day, 137 were arrested–the majority of whom are fast food workers for their sit-in action.

But as many of the strikers there have described, the attempts to repress their campaign have only acted to embolden them and strengthen their resolve to keep fighting.