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.
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.
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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.
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