Strikes and protests have taken place across the UK by McDonald’s workers in what has been dubbed ‘McStrike’, according to the Metro Newspaper UK.
They are joining other fast food workers across the world in a global day of action co-ordinated by the International Union of Food Workers. Workers at six McDonald’s restaurants in London will ‘McStrike’ for the day and there will be protests in dozens of towns and cities across the UK. An employee at Crayford McDonald’s in London, Lewis Baker, said he will be striking because he struggles to pay rent on his income of £8.80 an hour. Mr Baker, 29, said: ‘There are a lot of workers who are struggling to pay their bills and get by day to day. ‘We don’t have set hours, so we don’t always earn enough to pay the bills.
In the UK McDonald’s workers want: Wages of £15 an hour An end to youth rates The choice of guaranteed hours of up to 40 hours a week Four weeks notice of shifts Recognition of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU)
However, managers do not plan to increase wages since, as they claim, they pay higher wages than is determined by the government.