Report by Steve, BFAWU fast food worker
On Saturday 27 February the BFAWU Fast Food Rights campaign held a campaign rally and social as a fringe event at the Young Labour conference, where fast food worker members of the union spoke on a platform alongside Jeremy Corbyn and others.
The event was attended by around 200 people– delegates, local trade unionists and fast food workers–who came to hear about our campaign. We had pledges of support from the FBU firefighters’ union, Bill Adams the regional secretary of Yorkshire and Humber TUC, the chairman of Scarborough Labour party and Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour party.
Jeremy Corbyn standing with BFAWU fast food workers
Corbyn pledged his support for the 14 April, a Global Day Of Action by fast food workers and unions across the world, coinciding with a major US-wide strike in the ongoing and hugely inspiring Fight for 15 campaign. Corbyn told the rally, “I fully support the campaign by the bakers’ union for a £10 an Hour minimum wage”.
It was fantastic too see many people enthused by our campaign, and understanding its importance in bringing young people into the trade union movement.
We are the most under-represented demographic of people in this country to not be protected at work and by engaging with young people in the jobs we will help to ensure they understand the importance of uniting together to tackle a wide range of issues.
Many young people in fast food employment are also students, but by engaging with them now we will ensure they seek out further trade union involvement in future workplaces.
We’ve had 5 people join the union during the event from 3 local fast food workplaces, which of course will help us now move into these workplaces and, as a collective, tackle the issues they have specific to them as well as our wider campaign of £10 & a Union.
Watch this space for more action to come as our union grows in strength.
NOTE: Next London planning meeting for the campaign’s actions around the 14 April Global Day of Action is on Tues 8 March, 5pm at Parliament, St Stephens Gate entrance, in Room W just off Westminster Hall inside parliament.