• Employees from McDonald’s, TGI Fridays’ and Wetherspoon’s Plan Union Strike Oct 6, 2018
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    Employees from three prominent hospitality chains are set to participate in an organized UK strike one month from now to bring attention to low pay and poor working conditions prevalent in the industry.

    A rally has been organized at Leicester Square in London, whereby workers from McDonald’s, JD Wetherspoon and TGI Fridays have organized a simultaneous walk-out from their restaurants/pubs on the 4th of October.

    The lack of trade union recognition within certain businesses/establishments is another aspect that the workers are protesting.

    Workers from two Wetherspoon pubs in Brighton, McDonalds staff in Brixton, Crayford, Cambridge and Watford, and TGI Fridays employees in Milton Keynes, London’s Covent Garden and Stratford will be participating in the strike.

    The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), said the workers are “part of a growing movement of workers who face similar conditions of poverty pay, precarious contracts and lack of union recognition”.

    Anti-poverty charity War On Want has joined the Union in co-ordinating the strike as they are on the lookout for new members.

    The BFAWU was the driving force behind the so-called ‘McStrike’ when McDonald’s UK workers walked out for the first time last September.

    May 1st saw another walk out from the staff, the second time this year.

    Wetherspoon’s staff are going on strike for the first time in the company’s history, and the union mentioned that next month’s strikers were inspired by the walkouts.

    Next month’s action will mark TGI Fridays staff’s eighth strike since May this year.

    Hospitality workers from four continents will take part in the strike, the BFAWU said.

    “The days of poverty pay, insecure contracts and lack of respect for workers are numbered. A living wage of £10/hr for all ages, security of hours, and our right to a union are the basic rights we are fighting for.”

    The BFAWU said UK workers were part of a growing global movement, and that actions from fast food workers around the globe have been planned for the same day to campaign for union rights, decent wages and working conditions.
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