Fast food workers burned on the job urged to join #McBurned campaign

McBurnBurnImageA food worker’s union and leading workplace injury law firm have launched a new campaign to support members who have been burned while working at McDonald’s restaurants in the UK.

Thompsons Solicitors and the Bakers’, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) set up the McBurned campaign following a global trend of McDonald’s staff suffering similar burn injuries. Continue reading


Liverpool Pensioners Join Call to End Youth Rates Launching #TimeFor10 Campaign

Pensioners from Merseyside Pensioners Association have joined an action at Liverpool Lord Street McDonald’s to demand the abolition of youth rates for the minimum wage. The campaign action is to launch the “Time For 10” campaign which is calling on all Liverpool employers to pay £10 an hour, end zero hour contracts, and give workers the right to join a trade union.


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MayDay McStrike Success

McStrike_061On International Workers Day (01 May 2018) workers at five McDonald’s stores went on strike to demand £10 an hour, and an end to youth rates; the option of guaranteed hours and for their right to a union to be respected.

The day was a massive success as McDonald’s workers took a stand for justice, and the public and politicians came out to show their support. It showed that the McStrike is only going to grow until McDonald’s treats its workers with the respect they deserve.  

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Press release from the Bakers’, Food & Allied Workers Union

BFAWU has agreed to work with Unite the Resistance and John McDonnell MP, along with other groups at a meeting on 8 January 2014 in order to discuss and hopefully address the lack of fairness and justice for workers in the UK’s fast-food industry.

Recent announcements from these hugely profitable companies regarding their use of unpaid labour and their abundant use of zero hours contracts seem to have gone largely unnoticed in the mainstream media. It would appear that forcing workers into poverty and having them rely on benefits to pay for basics such as rent and food is quite acceptable in David Cameron’s ‘big society’ Britain. Well it isn’t.

We are calling on all of these massive, global fast-food companies to stop this shameful exploitation and instead, ensure that their employees are provided with proper contracts of employment with wages that mean they don’t have to depend on state handouts in order to exist. It is frightful that we even have to make this demand in the 21st century.

It is equally appalling that companies are making vast profits and awarding their senior management with massive pay increases and bonuses, while those on the front line and in the engine room are paid a pittance, are unable to plan ahead and are given absolutely no long-term job security whatsoever.

The bottom line is that these companies have the ability and the finances to pay trainees and provide secure employment. They should be doing so without question.

The much debated and oft-quoted ‘cost of living crisis’ isn’t the fault of ordinary working people. It isn’t the fault of teachers and nurses, nor is it the fault of firemen. It certainly isn’t the fault of disabled and unemployed people and it definitely isn’t the fault of people working in the food industry.

The blame lies exclusively with irresponsible and greedy bankers, gambling away people’s futures in an unregulated financial sector. The irony is that whereas many of those responsible should be stood in the dock facing charges of misappropriation, they have gone unpunished and have in fact, continued to prosper following bailouts from the UK taxpayer.

To add insult to injury, our political classes have ensured that those ‘with the broadest shoulders’ have been able to protect and in many cases, add to their wealth whilst those who had no hand whatsoever in the crisis are having to deal with the impact of the recession head-on by way of pay cuts, pay freezes, redundancy and the systematic erosion of employment rights, all in the name of ‘economic necessity’.

Companies of course, many of which operate in the food industry have jumped on the bandwagon with lip-licking relish.

Trade Unions were formed to ensure that groups of workers were able to challenge unfairness and exploitation collectively; providing individuals with the strength and support of others in their time of need.

So if you work in the fast food industry; if you have a member of your family working in the fast food industry; if you are having to work on a zero hour contract; if you are unemployed and are being forced to provide free labour as part of the government’s ‘workfare’ scheme, contact the BFAWU and tell us of your experience. Let us help you change your life and the lives of those you work with.

Together, we have strength in unity.

Ian Hodson

National President of the Bakers’, Food & Allied Workers Union