Fast Food Rights protests hit UK as 90,000 strike across the US on global day of action, 15 April

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BFAWU fast food workers leading the march to “Greedy bosses corner” in Glasgow

On Wednesday 15 April, protests called by the Bakers’ Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) led Fast Food Rights campaign demanding £10 an hour and union rights, as well as an end to all zero hours contracts and abolition of the youth rate, took place across Britain as part of a global day of action in solidarity with the growing movement in the US, led by fast food worker strikes, for $15 an hour and a union.

Protest outside Marble Arch McDonaldś in London: the Unite Hotel Workers' branch joined the BFAWU led Fast Food Rights campaign day of action

Protest outside Marble Arch McDonaldś in London: the Unite Hotel Workers’ branch joined the BFAWU led Fast Food Rights campaign day of action

Major protests took place across London and Glasgow throughout the day, occupying and shutting down fast food outlets in the city centres, at Marble Arch in London in the morning and at “Greedy bosses corner” on Argyle street in Glasgow in the evening.

In Glasgow the campaign recruited another fast food worker to the BFAWU union. Workers have been contacting the campaign from around the country as a result of the day of action to find out more and join the union.

Fast Food Rights activists will be going back round fast food workplaces more quietly on 22 April to talk to workers about joining the union.

If you would like to get involved in this – contact us at fastfoodrights@mail.com

 

solidarity protests from the campuses link up with striking fast food workers and other low waged workers, and the Black Lives Matter movement, fighting for economic and social justice

solidarity protests from the campuses link up with striking fast food workers and other low waged workers, and the Black Lives Matter movement, fighting for economic and social justice

The global day of action saw strikes by fast food workers in Italy, France and New Zealand too, while portests by fast food workers and their unions hit over 40 countries worldwide.

Here in Britain, protests hit London, Glasgow, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Leicester, Birmingham, Southampton, Cardiff, Swansea Peterborough, Ipswich and others.

Some 90,000 low waged workers across the US struck in the biggest action yet, as home care workers, shop workers, airport workers and more joined thousands of striking fast food workers. Strikers merged on the streets with solidarity protests on the campuses, and the Black Lives Matter movement against institutionalised racism in America. Some 90 percent of fast food workers in the US are black workers, so these are the same struggles, for higher wages and respect at work, and against police racism in their communities.

Fast Food Rights in Southampton

Fast Food Rights in Southampton

For a flavour of the scale of the global day of action, browse the inspiring pictures from across Britain and across the world at #FastFoodGlobal on Twitter.

Fast food workers in Tokyo

Fast food workers in Tokyo

 

15 April Fast Food Rights Global Day of Action: What’s happening and where

On 15 April, Fast Food Rights is organising protests at McDonald’s in cities and towns across Britain, as part of a global day of action in solidarity with the fast food workers’ strike movement in the US.

 

PlacardFFRs 15 April colour placard £10 now

Placard: FFRs 15 April colour placard No Zero Hours

Poster: I support #April15 poster

Leaflet: FFRs 15 April on the day doublesided A5 leaflet.normal

I support #April15 poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

London: (contact: 07795 412 932)

10.30am, McDonald’s, Marble Arch (called by Unite, backed by BFAWU/ Fast Food Rights)

5.30 – 6.30pm, McDonald’s on Whitehall

 

Glasgow: (contact 07727 907 218)

12noon McDonald’s, 1200 Maryhill Rd  G20 9BA

1:30pm McDonald’s, 489 Pollokshaws Rd  G41 2PF

2:30pm McDonald’s, 101-105 Sauchiehall St,  G2 3DD  then march to…

McDonald’s, 209-215 Argyle St (corner of Union St)  G2 8DL  from 4pm (ish) – 6pm

 

Sheffield: (contact 07753 324 055)

On 15 April for the day of action

11.30am, Fargate McDonald’s

Then on Saturday 18 April:

12 noon, Fargate McDonald’s followed by rally at

2pm in the united reform Methodist church on Norfolk street with BFAWU general secretary Ronnie Draper

 

Manchester: (contact 07557 281 471)

12 noon, McDonald’s HQ in Salford and the McDonald’s next to it

 

Leeds: (contact 07739 326017)

4.30pm, Lower Briggate McDonald’s

 

North East: (contact 07739 326 014)

12–2pm, McDonald’s Queen St Arcade, Northgate, Darlington

4 – 6pm, Teeside – details tbc

  

Southampton: (contact 07739 326 002)

11.30am – 2pm, Two simultaneous actions:

McDonald’s at West Quay

McDonald’s in Shirley

 

Leicester: (contact 07739 326009)

2 – 6pm, McDonald’s at the Clock Tower, Church Gate

 

Birmingham: (contact 07726 902807)

Bullring McDonald’s, meeting point at the St Martins Square church

 

Cardiff

5pm at the Queen St McDonald’s

 

Swansea

5.30pm (to about 7pm) by the McDonald’s, Castle Square

 

Ipswich

6pm at the McDonald’s in the town centre

 

Peterborough

6pm outside the Peterborough city centre McDonald’s

 

Chester

details tbc

 

Middlesborough

details tbc

 

Huddersfield (contact 07739 326017)

details tbc

 

Fast Food Rights events taking place NOT on 15 April, but in the same week as part of the global movement: 

Sheffield: (contact 07739 326017)

12 noon, Fargate McDonald’s followed by rally at

2pm in the united reform Methodist church on Norfolk street with BFAWU general secretary Ronnie Draper

 

Grimsby (contact 07739 326017)

On 22 April details tbc

 

Barnsley: (contact 07739 326017)

23 April: 12 noon, Assemble at the Costa in Town Centre

 

 

 

Fast Food Rights organising for 15 April: Global Day of Action: ‘Hungry for Justice’

On 15 April, Fast Food Rights is organising protests at McDonald’s in cities and towns across Britain, as part of a global day of action in solidarity with the fast food workers’ strike movement in the US. There, fast food workers have risen up in an inspiring movement for $15 an hour and a union. Thousands walked out on strike, demanding these mega-profit companies pay a wage workers can live on. But their movement is not just about pay. It is about justice, dignity and respect.

Here, austerity Britain has seen the scandal of zero hours contracts, poverty pay and the same crappy conditions and lack of job security and respect for low paid workers. Fast Food Rights was set up to campaign on these issues and raise awareness of workers’ rights to a living wage and to organise in unions.

Fast food workers are joining the union – it’s time to get organised!

Join your local protest on the day:

CONTACT: fastfoodrights@mail.com   07739 926 010 / 07795 412 932

MATERIALS:

Fast Food Rights 15 April day of action postcard

15 April day of action A5 leaflet

15 April day of action leaflet A4

Fast Food Rights 4 page bulletin

North East TUC hosts Fast Food Rights mobilising meeting for 15 April day of action in Newcastle

North East TUC hosts Fast Food Rights mobilising meeting for 15 April day of action in Newcastle

Fast food workers in the US have shown what is possible―their strike movement is beginning to win real wage rises. Here, we are fighting for £10 an hour now as a minimum wage for all workers.

We want to scrap zero hours contracts. Of course flexible shifts suit many workers. But we don’t need zero hours for flexibility. Scrapping zero hours contracts means workers won’t have to fear that if they say no to a shift they don’t want, they’ll be punished with their hours cut on the next rota. All workers deserve the right to organise our lives and have job security without worrying if we’ll manage to pay the bills.

We are campaigning to abolish the youth rate. Many younger workers are breadwinners. Why should anyone get paid less for doing the same job because of their age?

And crucially, we want union rights so workers can organise to get better pay, conditions and respect at work.

The money is there! MPs gave themselves a 10 percent pay rise and the rich are getting richer, while workers struggle by on poverty wages. Recently McDonald’s has been exposed in avoiding paying its tax. These multi-billion profit corporations can easily pay a wage their workers can live on!

On 15 April there is a Global Day of Action. As fast food workers are protesting and striking across the world, there will be major protests in towns and cities across Britain. Watch this space for details of local protests.

Fast food workers and their supporters at meeting to plan 15 April action in Glasgow

Fast food workers and their supporters at a Fast Food Rights meeting to plan 15 April day of action in Glasgow, hosted by the Scottish TUC and Glasgow Trades Council at Glasgow Unison offices

Already in London, Glasgow, Newcastle and Sheffield activists from the Bakers’ Food & Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) and Fast Food Rights campaigners have held meetings and are planning big protests on the 15 April.

Get organised in your local area, contact the campaign and link up with BFAWU to get planning for the day of action.

 

 

CONTACT: 07795 412 932 / 07739 326 010, or 07727 907 218 for Scotland

Email fastfoodrights@mail.com with details of any plans for 15 April day of action

NEXT FAST FOOD RIGHTS PLANNING MEETING: WED 4 MARCH

 

NEXT Fast Food Rights planning meeting:
Wednesday 4 March,
6pm -8pm,
Portcullis House,
Parliament, Room T
The meeting will discuss plans for the 15 April global day of action, when fast food workers and other low paid workers across the US will see their biggest strike yet, and fast food strikes/ protests will be coordinated in countries right across the world.
Here in Britain, we are planning actions across the country, raising the demand for £10 an hour minimum wage NOW and union rights, as well as an end to zero hours and abolition of the youth rate.
Some areas have already held Fast Food Rights meetings or have meetings planned in localities to build towards 15 April, and we have received support from the TUC, which passed the £10 an hour minimum wage demand at its congress last year.
If you are from outside London, and therefore unable to make the meeting, please get in touch to let us know what’s being planned locally on the day and in the run up so we can be as coordinated as possible, and update actions onto the website(fastfoodright.wordpress.com). 
Fast Food Rights
(Contact fastfoodrights@mail.com / 07795 412 932)