On Saturday 12th July Harrogate Socialists campaigned outside McDonald’s in the town centre, protesting against low pay and the exploitation of workers in the fast food industry.
McDonald’s made £3.3bn profit worldwide last year, yet their workers endure poverty pay, job insecurity and zero-hour contracts.
We distributed leaflets calling for a living wage of £10 an hour and a ban on zero-hour contracts. We also gave out membership forms for the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) who are organising fast food workers. One worker who spoke to us had been on a zero-hour contract for two years and is called into work without any notice. A number of those who took leaflets were on zero-hour contracts in sectors outside the fast food industry such as retail and social care.
The BFAWU initiated the Fast Food Rights campaign following the movement of fast food workers in the U.S. for a $15 an hour minimum wage. The success of the “$15 Now” campaign in Seattle has shown that companies will concede wage increases under pressure. Seattle is the first major U.S. city to pass a $15 an hour minimum wage. Although big business was able to weaken the law in a number of ways (there are delays of three to ten years for the $15 to be fully implemented), workers in companies such as McDonald’s will see an immediate increase to $11 an hour from April 2015.
For more information about the Fast Food Rights campaign, see:
For further details about the $15 an hour minimum wage campaign in Seattle, see: