Fast Food Rights national day of action for £10 an hour and union rights: 4 September: Get behind fast food workers!

On Monday 4 September, a national day of action is being called by the BFAWU bakers’ union led Fast Food Rights campaign.

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Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell – who founded the campaign along with BFAWU – meets with McDonald’s workers on the July People’s Assembly march this year

The Fast Food Rights campaign, where fast food workers have been organising into the union behind the demand for £10 an hour and union rights, emerged as part of a #FastFoodGlobal campaign, spearheaded by the US Fight for $15 strike movement that has sparked inspiration all around the world as hundreds of thousands of fast food and other low waged workers have struck back, taking on the plight of poverty pay and lack of respect at work.

Here in the UK, a key focus for the campaign where fast food workers are now getting organised has been the demand for a £10 an hour minimum wage for all, now Labour party policy and a central policy in its 2017 election manifesto. Workers are also fighting for union recognition, in an industry notorious for poor working practices, appalling conditions and low pay. And after a fanfare of announcements in the press earlier this year, McDonald’s are yet to deliver on their promise to offer all its workforce the right to a guaranteed hours contract. Workers therefore are continuing their battle to end zero hours contracts.

These key demands, along with the fundamental struggle for dignity and respect at work, will be the focuses for the day of action. On the day, a major action will take place in London where fast food workers are calling on the wider trade union and anti-austerity movement to join them in solidarity.

Outside London, solidarity protests are encouraged. Please send any details of anything organised in your area to, along with urgent messages of support for fast food workers who are also currently balloting for strikes at McDonald’s over a failure to meet health and safety concerns, failure to address the issue of reduction in hours, and failure to address workers’ grievances over bullying. See more details on the McDonald’s workers’ strike ballot here

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Uk McDonald’s workers begin ballot to strike

London, 31 July 2017


UK McDonald’s workers are set to strike over the company’s failure to deal with
grievances related to drastic cuts to employee hours and bullying in the workplace – viewed by some as a punishment for joining a union.

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Alongside this, workers are dissatisfied with McDonald’s for failing to deliver on the
contracts they have been promised which were set to end the use of zero-hour terms.
Attempting to live on low wages, with no guaranteed hours, has meant that some employees have found themselves unable to meet their rent payments and out of their homes as a result.

Many workers have said they feel they have no alternative but to take action due to this
unfair treatment, and in line with their basic workplace rights and company procedures.

The Bakers’, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) have notified McDonald’s that 40
workers at 2 stores will be balloted, with a view to authorising a strike later this year.

The UK McDonald’s strike is part of a growing global movement advocating for the fair
and decent treatment of workers.


Last Friday, the Bakers’, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), notified McDonald’s of
the BFAWU’s decision to ballot 40 McDonald’s employees at two London stores.

The ballot– if successful – will authorise a strike amongst workers in London.

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McDonald’s workers meet with Jeremy Corbyn to discuss their campaign for £10 an hour and union rights

Workers will also be calling for a fair wage of £10 per hour, and the recognition of their
right to form a trade union as employees of the company. Although McDonald’s are one of the UK’s largest employers, and most recognizable global corporations, employees are subjected to insecure, deliberately difficult, conditions – working full-time for low-wage


The strike forms part of a growing global workers movement fighting for fairness. In the
USA, McDonald’s have come under significant pressure as part of the “Fight for $15” campaign – supported by the Service Employee’s International Union (SEIU). More than 10 million workers in the USA find themselves currently on the path to $15 an hour as a result of the efforts of the campaign.

McDonald’s workers in the UK are now fighting to achieve the same impressive results as
their transatlantic colleagues, starting with a fair, £10 an hour, wage and the right to form a trade union.

Tom Holliday, a McDonald’s worker at the Cambridge store said:
“McDonald’s is a multinational corporation with unacceptable working conditions. We are asking to be treated with dignity and to be paid a decent wage, and for our right to form a union to be recognized by our employer. McDonald’s must consider reinvesting its huge amount of net profits back into its work force. We believe it is our right to ask for a fair treatment for the hard work we perform.”

Shen Batmaz, a McDonald’s worker at the Crayford store said:
“In spite of being a global giant and a household name, the conditions McDonald’s
workers are subjected to across the world are simply not up to scratch. This strike in the
UK is part of a global movement advocating for fair salaries and decent working
conditions. McDonald’s should listen to all its employees around the world, and take
immediate action.”

About BFAWU:
The Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) is the largest independent Trade
Union in the food sector in the British Isles. The BFAWU works to ensure that employees are secure and safe in their workplace – and that they are paid an equitable wage for the work they do.

In the UK, the BFAWU have spearheaded the ‘Fast Food Rights’ campaign. This works
to ensure that fast food workers have the right to a fair wage and decent working conditions across the country.

Benoit Roussel, gplus europe: +32 496 38 46 33
James English, gplus europe: +44 7747 300800

‘How we defeated zero hours contracts’: 14 May Forum with New Zealand & UK fast food workers

14 May FFRs forum jpeg for online UPDATE

On Saturday 14 May, the BFAWU Fast Food Rights campaign is hosting a forum discussing how workers have organised to defeat zero hours contracts.

Fast Food Rights is a campaign that’s part of a global movement of fast food workers and their unions. The campaign has strong links with the incredible Fight For $15 strike movement in America, but also with fast food unions and workers in around 40 countries around the world.

In March this year, fast food workers in New Zealand (NZ)won a very significant victory.

Through union organising, fast food strikes and a vibrant political campaign, zero hours contracts will be outlawed in NZ from April this year.

On 14 April, 2016, fast food workers in UK took part in a global day of action. They dressed as evil Ronald McDonald's and held a 'precarious work picnic' outside a major McDonald's in Glasgow, where a new BFAWU bakers' union fast food workers' branch is growing

On 14 April, 2016, fast food workers in UK took part in a global day of action. They dressed as evil Ronald McDonald’s and held a ‘precarious work picnic’ outside a major McDonald’s in Glasgow, where a new BFAWU bakers’ union fast food workers’ branch is growing

Here in UK, McDonald’s announced, a day after fast food workers joined a global day of action against McDonald’s, that it would offer all staff a contract of 4, 16 or 30 hours.

On 14 May, Fast Food Rights is hosting a delegation of NZ fast food workers to share the lessons of their successful campaign.





Incredible #FastFoodGlobal Day of Action hits over 40 countries


Glasgow fast food workers from BFAWU Fast Food Rights campaign, supported by the Better Than Zero campaign, dressed as evil Ronald McDonalds run rampage around the city demanding £10 an hour minimum wage for all now, union rights, and an end to zero hours contracts

See full list of live tweets with pictures and reports from the fast food strikes and protests all around the world at #FastFoodGlobal

See photo gallery of Glasgow protest by Duncan Brown here

On Thursday 14 April 2016, the third annual #FastFoodGlobal Day Of Action by fast food workers and their unions took place. And it was phenomenal. This year top all that have gone so far, with fast food and low waged worker strikes hitting over 300 cities spanning every state in America, and the global movement of fast food workers flexing its muscles too, with over 40 countries with protests in solidarity with the US Fight For 15 movement.


Fast Food Rights protest in Glasgow, led by fast food workers dressed as evil Ronald McDonalds made front page news!

Here in the UK, Fast Food Rights drew in support from Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader, who said on Twitter, “It’s Fast Food Global Day of Action. Solidarity w/ workers across the world who are fighting for decent pay & rights at work”.

Natalie Bennett, Green Party leader, also tweeted her support, saying “We all need a living wage, secure employment and decent conditions – well done to all supporting day of action today”.

This year’s day of action saw a major focus in Glasgow, where fast food workers have been joining the BFAWU bakers’ union in large numbers, and low waged, zero hour contract workers from other industries joining the wider campaign to demand £10 an hour now for all workers, regardless of age; union rights; and an end to zero hours contracts.

As fast food workers took to the streets, dressed as evil Ronald McDonalds (see #TerrifyingRonalds), they descended on the central McDonald’s to have a ‘Precarious Work Picnic’, stopping to occupy a KFC on route.

At the picnic, the 20 or so Ronalds laid out their picnic blankets, and peered inside their ‘unhappy meal’ bags to see what was in store.

But when they pulled out ‘zero hours contracts’ and ‘low pay’, and ‘lack of respect’, and ‘no union rights’, the Ronalds became upset. When they tried to eat their unhappy meal serving, they were overcome by sickness, compelled to collapse in a fit on the ground.

Happy Ronalds (Picture: Duncan Brown)

Happy Ronalds (Picture: Duncan Brown)

Then a Ronald brought out a real ‘Happy Meal’, containing ‘£10 an hour’, ‘Union Rights’, and ‘No zero hours’, at which point the Ronalds revived, and starting celebrating and dancing in the street outside McDonald’s.

 Article and video in Evening Times 

The SNP Trade Union Group also tweeted their support for the protests in Glasgow.

In an astounding move from one of the most notorious companies to use zero hours contracts for the bulk of its workers, today (Friday 15 April) saw the Guardian run an article where McDonald’s bosses claim they have decided that they are going to “give staff the option of moving to contracts guaranteeing a minimum of four-hours per week, 16 hours, or 30 hours”.

Elsewhere in the UK, where fast food worker branches of BFAWU and the Fast Food Rights campaign have been growing with fast food workers leading, protests also took place.

image4One fast food worker reports: “In Scarborough we have grown considerably over the last two months to a total of 16 members.

We now have members in five different town centre fast food shops and are starting to work on tackling individual workplace issues (and winning!) in order to further our membership and presence in these workplaces.

Around 40 joined the protest in Wakefield, where a week of events and actions alongside comedian Mark Thomas saw fast food workers joining the union

Around 40 joined the protest in Wakefield, where a week of events and actions alongside comedian Mark Thomas saw fast food workers joining the union

20160414_123559We have found that in nearly every one of our members workplaces, employers are breaking employment law, from illegal unpaid mandatory meetings to not following the time directive on rest periods between shifts. So these are the issues we will be focussing on as we grow our numbers and confidence for the fight for £10 and a union for all!”

Meanwhile, fast food workers all around the world were protesting, occupying, and in America striking to maximise pressure on McDonald’s with the slogan ‘McJobs Cost Us All’.




#FightFor15 in New York City New York was epic!

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Fast Food Rights joins fast food workers across the world for #FastFoodGlobal Day Of Action #14April

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

USA: 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


On 14 April, a global day of action (#FastFoodGlobal) will take place where fast food and low waged workers across the world will protest for higher pay, union rights and respect and dignity at work.
The day of action is in solidarity with US fast food workers, who will be striking on that day in every state, in over 300 cities across the US.
Their incredible strike movement for $15 (approx. £10) an hour and union rights has gone from strength to strength since it emerged in 2012.
It has been a beacon for low waged workers everywhere, showing that it’s possible to organise and fight for an end to low pay, bullying bosses and insecure hoursto fight for a better life.
BFAWU fast food worker members led the charge for £10 an hour and union rights on the 2015 15 April global day of action

BFAWU fast food worker members led the charge for £10 an hour and union rights on the 2015 15 April global day of action.

These companies, like McDonald’s, make billions in profit. Their CEOs are on mega-salaries. Yet the workers who make the profits are living in poverty. Here in Britain, fast food workers are organising and joining the BFAWU bakers’ union. Join the day of action!

There will be a big focus in Wakefield, where on the day there will be a demonstration and social (see programme of events here).
 There will also be protests led by BFAWU fast food workers in Glasgow, Scarborough and Cambridge as well as the events in Wakefield.
Watch this space for details of what is planned in these localities on the day.
In London there will be a delegation travelling together to Wakefield.
Contact if you are London based and want to be part of the delegation so we have an idea of numbers for transport options.
Please send us information ASAP of anything planned in your area to 
FFRs 15 April colour placard £10 nowFFRs 15 April colour placard No Zero Hours
a) ‘Solidarity selfie’ poster for supporters to use on social media on 14 April to support the global day of action. 

FFRs 1 April FoolsGold Protest FINALPROTEST 1 APRIL: 

12pm Downing St
We won’t be fooled by Osborne’s gimmick wage! Fast Food Rights has called a protest around the Tories’ announcement over the rise in the minimum wage. We will be going for a musical theatrical stunt outside Downing street to highlight how the ‘rise’ is not enough and the need for a real wage workers can live on. Use #FoolsGold  Download the leaflet here