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)

 

Fast Food Rights hosts inspiring US strikers sharing their lesson of the fight for $15 an hour and a union

Fast Food Rights ‘Hungry for Justice’ campaign was thrilled to host a delegation of fast food workers from the United States on their UK leg of a global tour (#fastfoodglobal) from Thursday 13 to Saturday 15 November.

Fast food workers from the US have set out to visit unions across the world to spread the lessons from their incredible strike movement for $15 an hour (around £10 an hour) and union rights.

Here in Britain we face the same issues of poverty pay, job insecurity through zero hours and the fight for respect and dignity at work.

Flavia Cabral—a McDonald’s worker from the Bronx in New York, Alvin Major—a Brooklyn, New York, based KFC worker made a great journey across the Atlantic alongside Nicholas Allen, an international organiser for the fast food strike campaign and Gregory Reynoso, a fast food strike organiser based in New York.

They landed into a very rainy Glasgow on Thursday 13 November.

FFRs Glasgow meeting 1They spoke to a lively and passionate meeting of around 70 people that was put on by Fast Food Rights and hosted by the Scottish TUC (STUC). Dave Moxham, assistant general secretary of STUC, remarked that it was one of the best meetings he’d had the privilege of chairing in all his time as a trade union official.

FFRs Glasgow meeting 2One young woman who works at a Glasgow food outlet spoke out in the meeting about the issues of low pay, inconsistent shifts and management ridiculing and putting down staff. She joined BFAWU bakers’ union from the floor of the meeting.

The Glasgow branch of the campaign has recently seen successes with a chunk of fast food workers signing up to the union.FFRs Glasgow meeting 4

But there were also supermarket workers, care workers and others who face the same issues of zero hours, low pay and lack of respect at work. FFRs Glasgow meeting 3They spoke of how inspired they were to hear from the struggle in the US.

The meeting made a spread in the Sunday Herald and got coverage from the BBC too.

The strikers were also able to make a flying visit to the Scotland Hazards conference, where delegates hung on to hear them as soon as they knew they were coming. Glasgow Hazards

Katy Clark MP also squeezed in a meeting with the delegation at their hotel. Katy Clark MP shows support for Fast Food Rights and the US strikers

Flavia Cabral, McDonald's worker from the Bronx speaks at TUC reception

Flavia Cabral, McDonald’s worker from the Bronx speaks at TUC reception

On Friday we travelled down to London from Glasgow, and the strikers were hosted at a reception at TUC congress house at an event put on by Fast Food Rights and chaired by John McDonnell MP.

Alvin Major, Brooklyn KFC worker shares his experience from the strike movement

Alvin Major, Brooklyn KFC worker shares his experience from the strike movement

Nick Allen, fast food organiser gives an overview of how the strikes spread from a few stores in New York to 150 cities, and to every state in the US

Nick Allen, fast food organiser gives an overview of how the strikes spread from a few stores in New York to 150 cities, and to every state in the US

Alongside activists from the executives of a number of unions, there was press there and TUC officials such as Lauren Usher and MPs such as Dawn Butler.

Ian Hodson, BFAWU national president summed up the event with a big push for the campaign, now backed by the TUC, for £10 an hour now, and encouraged people to join the lobby at parliament over zero hours contracts on 21 November.

 

On Saturday the US strikers spoke to 5-600 trade union activists and campaigners at the Unite the Resistance conference in London. They brought the house down, receiving a standing ovation in the opening plenary where they spoke alongside St Mungos and Care UK strikers, a New Era housing campaigner, Billy Hayes from CWU, and speakers from NUT teachers’ union, Unison and others.

The incredible Flavia receives overwhelming standing ovation sharing her story of getting involved in the strike movement for the future of her kids and millions others

The incredible Flavia receives overwhelming standing ovation sharing her story of getting involved in the strike movement for the future of her kids and millions others

 

The strikers also spoke in rammed workshop session at the conference on ‘The fight against zero hours and organising the unorganised’.

Their contribution explaining how they organised the strikes was hugely helpful for a number of zero hours workers who came in from the floor and discussed the difficulties in trying to unionise from scratch.

Alvin inspires the crowd, explaining the difficulties of living on poverty pay with four children: He joined the strike movement when it first began in late 2012

Alvin inspires the crowd, explaining the difficulties of living on poverty pay with four children: He joined the strike movement when it first began in late 2012

The strikers get a warm welcome at the Unite the Resistance conference opening rally

The strikers get a warm welcome at the Unite the Resistance conference opening rally

 

 

Fast Food organiser Greg Reynoso addresses the workshop

Fast Food organiser Greg Reynoso addresses the Unite the Resistance conference workshop

The strikers also popped in to the TUC’s Big Youth Event and spoke to the delegates there, joining Sarah Wooley from BFAWU’s executive. At the TUC Big Youth Event

The next step in the campaign here in Britain is a lobby at parliament on Friday 21 November, as a zero hours bill is debated (details below)

US fast food workers are set to see more strikes in 2014, which Fast Food Rights in Britain will be supporting.

Fast Food Rights ‘Hungry for Justice’ campaign will be building on our links with the US fast food strike movement and joining future global days of action. 

Watch this space!

 

To get in touch with Fast Food Rights in your local area or find out more, contact 07795 412 932/ 07739 326 010 or fastfoodrights@mail.com  

FFRs parliament protest 21 Nov 2014

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