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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.
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Phone: 07795 412 932 / 07739 326 010
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