Fast 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.
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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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Following 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”.
Fast Food Rights is holding an action in Brixton on Wed 17 September. We will meet at 5pm in Windrush Square outside the Ritzy… Come join us!
For a leaflet and details see FFRs action 17 Sep 14 Brixton
In the build up to the action, activists will be using the activists pack to visit workers in advance of the action. If you are doing so at anypoint, please let us know at email@example.com / 07795 412 932