US fast food strikers coming to the UK 13-15 Nov: Come and hear their story!

Fast Food Rights campaign is hosting a delegation of fast food workers from the United States who have been at the forefront of the incredible strikes for $15 and a union that have spread across every state.

"Burger King oh Burger King, What justice means to me, Burger King oh Burger King, Pay me $15... oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh...", strikers descend on the store, making their voices heard

Fast food workers in North Carolina during the last US-wide strike on 4 September, when thousands struck and hundreds of strikers were arrested as part of a civil-rights style mass civil disobedience

The strikers are coming to the UK from the 13 to 15 November as part of a global tour to spread the lessons of their inspiring battle that has seen workers among the lowest paid in the US and in the most difficult conditions taking on notorious multi-national corporations like McDonald’s. They are speaking in Glasgow and London: Come and hear them share their story! On Thursday 13 November, at 7.30pm, the Scottish TUC and the Bakers’ Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) are hosting the Fast Food Rights public meeting at the STUC building on Woodlands Road, G3 6NG, where the strikers will be speaking alongside activists who have been organising through Fast Food Rights to unionise fast food workers in Glasgow, and Dave Moxham from the STUC. Then on Friday 14 November, the TUC in London is hosting an event with press and MPs where the strikers will be speaking. More details soon. On Saturday 15 November, at 12 noon the US strikers, Flavia Cabral and Jorel Ware who are both McDonald’s workers in Manhattan are speaking at the Unite the Resistance ‘Striking Together and Organising to Win’ national conference’ in the opening plenary, and later at 2pm in a workshop at the conference run by BFAWU bakers’ union, ‘The Fight Against Zero Hours and Organising the Unorganised’.  The strikers will also be visiting the ‘ Big TUC Youth Debate’ at congress house. Please find leaflets to use around fast food workplaces to build for the public meeting in Glasgow on 13 Nov here, and to hear the strikers speak at the London event on 15 Nov hereFast Food Rights Glasgow mtg 13Nov2014

Fast Food Rights UtR workshop 15 Nov

Fast Food Rights protest at Labour Party conference after TUC backs £10 an hour demand

manc lab conf rallyFast Food Rights activists gathered outside the Labour Party conference on 22 September on a lobby to demand the Labour leadership commit to the TUC supported call for £10 an hour now.

The demand was initially passed at the Bakers’ Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) conference in June this year, and other unions such as the GMB have also backed it.  A motion was then passed at the TUC annual conference in September to back the demand.

As mega corporations such as those in the fast food industry rake in huge profits, it is a disgrace that the workers who produce those profits struggle to make ends meet, with a £5 an hour average wage for fast food workers in the UK.

With the cost of living going up, nothing less than £10 an hour now is a wage that workers can live on. All workers deserve the right to live, not just to scrape by in poverty on zero hours and low pay. Boosted by the TUC backing, Fast Food Rights will continue the fight for £10 an hour now.

 

Fast Food Rights protest to hit Brixton: £10 an hour and a union now

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Fast Food Rights protest to hit Brixton: £10 an hour and a union now

Fast Food Rights campaigners plan an action tomorrow, Wednesday 17 September, at Windrush Square in Brixton, meeting at the site of the inspiring strikes by low paid cinema workers who have been battling for a living wage in recent months. We will be building on the efforts of Ritzy strikers and continuing to ratchet up pressure to declare Brixton a ‘living wage zone’.

The protest will meet at 5pm outside the Ritzy cinema before heading on to target a number of fast food restaurants in the area, raising the demand for a £10 an hour living wage, an end to all zero hours contracts and the right of fast food workers to organise in unions.

Fast Food Rights is a campaign that was set up in early 2014 in the wake of the inspiring strike movement by fast food workers in the US. They have shown that it is a mistake to write off sections of these workers as unorganisible, despite the fact that they are often on the lowest pay and worse conditions, with precarious hours and little if any job security.

The campaign, set up by the Bakers’ Food & Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU), has developed links with the US strike movement, and took part in the strikes that took place there on 4 September when hundreds of fast food workers were arrested as part of a civil disobedience action.

In the UK, already our actions are attracting fast food workers, fed up of low pay and not being treated with the respect they deserve, who are contacting the union and joining up. Here, the average fast food worker is paid £5 an hour according to Payscale figures in January this year. McDonald’s, the biggest player in the UK fast food industry, has 90 percent of its workers on zero hours contracts, while Burger King has all its non managerial staff employed on this basis.

At a time when MPs are taking a 10 percent pay rise and when these corporate giants of the fast food industry are making mega-profits, it is a disgrace that the workers who generate this wealth are forced to scrape by on low pay and with so many left with no guarantee of hours.

That’s why Fast Food Rights will be descending on these employers tomorrow in Brixton, with our megaphones and our placards to demand a living wage of £10 an hour, an end to abusive zero hours contracts and for workers’ right to organise in a union to be respected and recognised.

For more information contact:

Phone: 07795 412 932 / 07739 326 010

Website: Fastfoodrights.wordpress.com

Email: fastfoodrights@mail.com

Facebook: Fast Food Rights

Twitter: @fastfoodrights

Mon 22 Sep: Fast Food Rights lobby at Labour Party conference: £10 an hour and union rights… No zero hours!

FFRs action 22 Sep 14 Lab conf lobbyFollowing the TUC’s vote to back the demand for a £10 an hour living wage, Fast Food Rights will be outside the Labour Party conference on Monday 22 September to keep up the pressure.

BFAWU national president Ian Hodson said, “We’re pleased that the TUC has agreed to adopt the £10 an hour demand.

“Our taxes should be used for funding the NHS, education and our welfare state, not to prop up low wages.

“We can have a better society, employers who can should pay a living wage, and those who can’t should get support from the government to do so. But when CEOs are getting paid 150 times more than their employees who are not on living wages, that’s a disgrace.

“The example of the strikes in the US show that it’s possible to fight back”.