Saturday, 26 October 2019

Hard left trade union backed by Jeremy Corbyn is trying to get McDonald's 130,000 workers to go on strike next month to demand higher wages than police and nurses

A trade union, backed by Jeremy Corbyn, is attempting to get McDonald's workers to go on strike next month to demand higher wages than police officers. 
Bakers Union announced the 'McStrike' for November 12 with demands including £15 an hour pay - double what most worker's currently earn and £3.70 more than the average starting salary for officers and double that of nurses. 
The majority of McDonald's staff are paid around £8 per hour with the lowest rate at £6 - £1.25 more than the national living wage. 
Bakers Union announced the 'McStrike' for November 12 with demands including £15 an hour pay for McDonald's workers
Bakers Union announced the 'McStrike' for November 12 with demands including £15 an hour pay for McDonald's workers 
And the hard left union is demanding that the fast-food chain guarantee working hours of up to 40 hours a week and give notice of shifts four weeks in advance as part of a 'New Deal' package. 
However the restaurant said it pays many of its 130,000 staff £10 per hour and 90 per cent of its workforce have chosen to remain on flexible contracts despite the company offering 40-hour weeks.  
Yet the strike is struggling to get backing with only 13 workers signed up to the union covering just six restaurants, which has fallen from 21 last year. 
The union, which has organised the strike as part of an international day of action for fast food workers, said the low numbers would not reflect the turnout on November 12. 
'Anyone can join up after the strike is called and join the action. Each time McDonald's have tried to downplay the numbers involved,' a spokesman for Bakers Union told The Sun
The hard left Bakers Union is backed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
The hard left Bakers Union is backed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn 
They added: 'McDonald's claim they offer all staff guaranteed hours. Many workers have never been offered that, you have to qualify for it, and it's still at the manager's discretion. 
'They are using it a smokescreen to cover up for the fact workers don't have the hours they need to put food on the table.'
A McDonald's spokesman said: 'We are extremely disappointed that a very small number of our people in just a handful of our restaurants are considering industrial action.
'It is encouraging that there has been a steady decrease in the already small numbers of our people previously balloted.' 
The spokesman added that employees chose to remain on flexible contracts because they value 'the ability to work their shifts around their lives'. 
'We remain committed to our people and value the contribution they make to our organisation, and would like to reassure them, and our customers, that the six restaurants will remain open if industrial action takes place.'
In October 2018, when activity was last planned, no restaurant staff took part in the action, according to the McDonald's spokesman.     

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