Report from Unite the Resistance:
Saturday 15 February saw the first day of action to launch the Fast Food Rights campaign.
In London, around 50 campaigners turned out. Alongside BFAWU, John McDonnell and the campaigns supporting Fast Food Rights, there were trade unionists from other industries and sectors with high levels of casualisation, such as construction and higher education, who have been involved in union drives and fighting zero hours contracts.
The protest hit McDonald’s, Costa Coffee and Burger King stores, raising demands over pay, conditions and the right of fast food workers to organise in unions, while inside the stores activists leafleted workers about the campaign’s meeting on Monday 24 February and joining the union.
Protests elsewhere saw dozens of campaigners join the day of action. In Birmingham, activists report that they targetted every McDonald’s, Burger King and Costa in the city centre. In Wigan, all fast food, bakery shops and cafe chains were paid a visit.
The day of action also saw protests take place in Brighton, Sheffield, Leeds, Newcastle, Barnsley and Cardiff.
The next campaign meeting is on 24 February, 6pm at Vernon Square campus of SOAS (NOT RUSSELL SQUARE CAMPUS), room VG06, Penton Rise, London WC1X 9EW. Near Kings Cross station. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE.
Keep an eye on the Fast Food Rights website for future meetings and events.