McStrike: Why unhappy workers walked out – BBC LondonOn November 15, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
There is no way that I want my son to walk in a place like that and feel the way I feel when I go to work in the morning. These McDonald’s staff are unhappy about their pay so went on strike. Lewis has worked at the Crayford branch
for seven years. I’m currently working two jobs and in McDonald’s I’m earning £8.80 an hour. He was one of the first workers to walk out in 2017, when the strikes first started. I haven’t been able to afford to pay my rent. I’ve had to borrow money off of friends and family, worrying about if you’ve got money to maybe eat or travel. It’s just always a struggle. I don’t think you should have to do that as a full time worker. What do we want? Breakfast. No, I do actually want some breakfast. Lewis wants wages raised to £15 an hour and an end to teenagers being paid lower rates. £15 an hour does sound like a lot of money but when you think about how much McDonald’s makes every year, it’s us the workers that are
making them that money. They can definitely afford to pay us that wage. They also want guaranteed hours, recognition of their union and to be told about shifts four weeks in advance. But is this realistic? McDonald’s already offer guaranteed hours contracts to all employees but around 90 per cent of staff
chose to stay on flexible contracts. Out of McDonald’s 130,000 UK employees, only nine union members voted to strike and six affected stores remained open. So even though the workers delivered a petition to 10
Downing Street, they’re unlikely to see change in a flurry. Maybe we’re not going to win anything against McDonald’s today but I think all workers need a better deal at work. Jamie Moreland, BBC London.