McStrike needs your continued McSolidarity
- Give generously and urgently to the #McStrike Fund
- Pass this #McStrike MODEL MOTION to back the strike
- Invite a McStriker to address a union/campaign meeting or demonstration Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rush messages of solidarity and support (they give the strikers such a boost!)
- Get the iconic #McStrike T-shirt worn by the strikers as they made history.
McStrike Tshirt order form here
(all proceeds go to BFAWU McStrike fund)
On Monday 4 September, a brave 40 McDonald’s workers at stores in Crayford (south east London) and Cambridge made history. They walked out on the first ever McDonald’s strike in the UK, following the footsteps of tens of thousands of fast food workers across the US, where Fight for $15 has organised a mass movement of strikes, and in New Zealand, where fast food workers now have union recognition and won a victory over zero hours contracts.
The media coverage has been incredible, telling and retelling the McStrikers’ story as a David and Golliath tale – a small group of ‘precarious’ workers standing up to a notorious multi-national giant corporation for the simple demands of a £10 an hour minimum wage, for guaranteed hours contracts, for an end to the most appalling bullying management, and fundamentally, for union rights.
As a result of taking this bold step to stand up and strike, the workers have experienced a sense of what a union is–workers organising and coming together collectively to achieve what they cannot achieve on their own as individuals.
They have seen that both at a store level in their workplaces, and on a national scale.
On the day the strike ballot result was announced, McDonald’s announced that it would deliver on its previous promises – offering a guaranteed hours contract to every one of its employees – by the end of 2017.
#McStrike has made an impact much greater than within the company and those stores.
It has blown out the water the notion that workers in precarious conditions cannot organise and strike.
And it has created a positive pressure across the rest of the established trade union movement, at a time when the issue of pay is a central focus in the political arena.
McStrike has posed the question inside the wider trade union movement –
“If McDonald’s workers can strike over pay, then why can’t the rest of us?”
On the day of the strike, the #McSolidarity protests that were organised at MCDonald’s around the country gave a big boost to those striking, but also crucially led to McDonald’s workers joining around the country.
Stay tuned for the next steps in McStrike – they are set to escalate and spread the action, and they need your solidarity then, and right now!