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UK: #McStrike - McDonald's workers protest at Downing Street

0 12.11.2019 Инфо

W/S Protesters deliver petition to 10 Downing Street, London
C/U Placards
W/S Protesters with placards
M/S Protester with placard
SOT, John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor: "I was one of the founders of the fast food campaign in this country, and the reason we founded it was because of low pay amongst all the McDonald's workers, and also the lack of enough hours to earn a decent living. And yeah, some bullying by management. So we've been running a number of strikes and demonstrations over the past three years to put pressure on the company to recognise trade unions, pay their workers and at the same time treat them properly. It's a global action from Australia right the way across the globe, and this is part of our solidarity."
M/S Protester with placard *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Alex, protester: "They are striking in demand of £15 an hour, union recognition, you know they want to ban zero hours contracts. These are people on the lowest of incomes, when their CEO - they just fired him - it was millions and millions of pounds he got a cash payout in. And it just represents the utter divide in society. If there's people working for an absolute pittance whilst that's still going on, something is unjust in society. So we need to fight and organise from the bottom. That's exactly what these guys are doing, that's why I'm showing support."
M/S Protester speaking to journalist
C/U Placard
C/U Protester speaking to journalist
SOT, Lewis, protester: "I'm striking today because I want £15 an hour, union recognition and guaranteed hours. So I'm on strike today against McDonald's, trying to fight for that new deal for all workers."
C/U T-shirt logo #McStrike
SOT, Lewis, protester: "Yeah the conditions in McDonald's aren't great; there's health and safety issues there. The low pay, workers can barely afford to live. I think asking for £15 an hour is a fair wage to ask for. I think McDonald's make millions in profit every day. They can definitely afford to pay their workers £15 an hour. I think it's unfair that workers across the country have to subsidise their wages with benefits to be able to afford to live. So I think McDonald's should start taking our demands seriously and should meet the union and listen to what we've got to say."
M/S Sign "Downing Street"
SCRIPT
McDonald's workers delivered a petition demanding better working conditions and benefits to 10 Downing Street in London on Tuesday, as part of a global strike of workers in the fast-food restaurant chain.
Protesters later picketed outside the gates to Downing Street with placards and t-shirts reading #McStrike.
"They are striking in demand of £15 an hour, union recognition, you know they want to ban zero hours contracts. These are people on the lowest of incomes, when their CEO - they just fired him - it was millions and millions of pounds he got a cash payout in. And it just represents the utter divide in society," said Alex, a protester.
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell also voiced his support for the movement.
McDonald's employees want recognition from the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers' Union (BFAWU).
The International Union of Food Workers co-ordinated the day of action, with strikes held in the US, France, Germany, Brazil and Chile.