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BBC: UK McDonald's staff vote to strike

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McDonald's could face first UK strikes

  • 18 August 2017
  • From the section Business
A McDonald's restaurantImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption Global fast-food giant McDonald's could face its first UK worker strikes

Fast-food company McDonald's could face its first staff strike in the UK, after workers at two stores backed a call for industrial action.

Employees at McDonald's restaurants in Cambridge and Crayford, near London, voted overwhelmingly for a strike.

The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) said staff wanted secure working hours and a £10 per hour wage.

A spokesman for McDonald's said the fast-food company "works hard to ensure teams are treated fairly".

"We can confirm that, following a ballot process, the BFAWU have indicated that a small number of our employees representing less that 0.01% of our workforce are intending to strike in two of our restaurants."

"As per the terms of the ballot, the dispute is solely related to our internal grievance procedures."

Rebecca Long-Bailey, Labour's Shadow Secretary for Business, Environment and Industrial Strategy, said: "The strike at McDonald's is motivated by working people coming together to fight for decent pay and working conditions."

The company in April announced that staff would be offered a choice of flexible or fixed contracts with minimum guaranteed hours.

McDonald's, employs around 85,000 staff in the UK and one million worldwide.

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MerseyLLB

£10 an hour? 

At McDonald's. 

£10?

Let's just eat at Burger King then.

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Radman
3 hours ago, MerseyLLB said:

£10 an hour? 

At McDonald's. 

£10?

Let's just eat at Burger King then.

Burger King used to be alot better... Just like KFC used to be alot better.

Five Guys if I fancy a burger these days.

 

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Pathca

I help to save lives on a regular basis, I am relied on to do observations and report discrepancies in these I face aggression verbal and physical I could go on. I am part way up the higher pay scale for my role and I am not on £10 an hour 

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Indiana Jones

I had a look around and eventually found what the minimum hours contracts that were being looked at back in April.

Three options I think - 4 hours, 16 hours or 30 hours. Apparently, when offered them in St Helens, 42 out of 246 opted to take up the fixed hours offer with 60% of those opting for the 30 hours contract : equating to about £15.5k pa .

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The Undertaker
8 hours ago, MerseyLLB said:

£10 an hour? 

At McDonald's. 

£10?

Let's just eat at Burger King then.

McDonalds make millions upon millions in profit, why should the people at the bottom not benefit? Companies who are as rich as McDonalds should be paying their workforces more.

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bensonby
6 hours ago, Pathca said:

I help to save lives on a regular basis, I am relied on to do observations and report discrepancies in these I face aggression verbal and physical I could go on. I am part way up the higher pay scale for my role and I am not on £10 an hour 

Well then maybe you and your colleagues should go on strike.

I must say I hate whole "I'm paid badly so other people should be paid badly too" mindset. That's what reinforces the race to the bottom that seems evident across our society these days when it comes to employee's terms and conditions.

Frankly, £10 an hour is still a poor wage - one that you could not realistically support a family on in London.

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It seems to me at times there is a mindset amongst some Londonders that they are the elite of the country and deserve the best of everything. The capital is the centralised point of high profit business and as such is reflected by the services they recieve which are things many of us away from there and major cities could only dream of, in many other European countries is appears to me and my own experience these are more balanced and spread across the country.

However. Upon doing so it means the divisions between class is none more apparent than in the capital itself and as such it is impossible for any family to enjoy the prosperity awarded to the more well off. I am aware there are absolutely no places in the capital in which you could work minimum wage and pay the rent, particularly if you have a family. Neither could you afford the commutes, where by a days train fair here to the outskirts of the m25 would buy you a weeks train travel in Germany throughout their whole rail network.

If people in the capital wish to enjoy employing people to perform the more manual services then they must simply pay more to do so. London would not simply function on bankers. Someone still has to cook, clean and perform the less desirable work which often goes unnoticed. However the ivory towers would soon crumble without the support from below.

Pay the workers fairly! Its not just about McDonald's..

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Pete
41 minutes ago, obsidian_eclipse said:

It seems to me at times there is a mindset amongst some Londonders that they are the elite of the country and deserve the best of everything. 

there's life outside of london? 

what tube station do they use?

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Pathca
13 hours ago, bensonby said:

Well then maybe you and your colleagues should go on strike.

I must say I hate whole "I'm paid badly so other people should be paid badly too" mindset. That's what reinforces the race to the bottom that seems evident across our society these days when it comes to employee's terms and conditions.

Frankly, £10 an hour is still a poor wage - one that you could not realistically support a family on in London.

We could go on strike, but I think the knock on effects would be somewhat worse than if Macy Ds staff went on strike, and I think you would be pretty upset if something happened to you or one of your friends orfamily because of this

Like yourself Bensonby I work for a public service, in my case the NHS our pay and conditions are set nationally , it's not a 'race to the bottom ' . Historically  we have always been poorly paid and under valued as vocational type careers usually are. Personally I'm not saying others should be paid less necessarily, just that the workers that deserve more be recognised 

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1 hour ago, Pathca said:

We could go on strike, but I think the knock on effects would be somewhat worse than if Macy Ds staff went on strike, and I think you would be pretty upset if something happened to you or one of your friends orfamily because of this

Like yourself Bensonby I work for a public service, in my case the NHS our pay and conditions are set nationally , it's not a 'race to the bottom ' . Historically  we have always been poorly paid and under valued as vocational type careers usually are. Personally I'm not saying others should be paid less necessarily, just that the workers that deserve more be recognised 

Rally support.

I was talking to a privately employed 'Customer Service Officer' at a key station that we police the other day, the company he works for is a contract security firm that pays him and the rest of the frontline staff minimum wage - the only problem being the location he is working at is a fatality hotspot for us, they have had numerous incidents over the years where people have jumped infront of HST the security being first on scene dealing with the immediate aftermath and all the trauma that comes with such a job. BTP recognises this location is a hot spot as does his company who have set their own procedures in place for this location and provided specialist training to their staff through Samaritans and BTP to help prevent future fatals/properly deal with an incident when they arise. Our own supervision has praised the security staff numerous times over the work they have done when these incidents occur.

His company do not recognise this work and refuse to pay the staff more than minimum wage at this location, even though it is a expected and recognised duty that they must fullfill at this location.

The railways are a strange place because if you work directly for a train operating company your wage is inflated when compared to national averages - a platform staff member up north is earning £26k a year... A Supervisor is on £30k - this is the North of England... But if you are a subcontracted worker, working a similar role you will be on little more than minimum wage.

Why dont they organise and take it up with management or speak to their union about it? In the UK we have a sense where "Lets not rock the boat and complain" which is one of the reasons why there seems to be little innovation or fresh thinking when it comes to tackling perfectly solvable problems/issues.

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MerseyLLB

I'm sorry but you cannot expect to support a family on the wage of a Crew Member at McDonald's.

£10 an hour for that role devalues others salaries.

It's my main argument against the chaos of a  £10 minimum wage.

£10 an hour on a 40 hour week is £20,800 bear in mind.

 

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The Undertaker
5 minutes ago, MerseyLLB said:

I'm sorry but you cannot expect to support a family on the wage of a Crew Member at McDonald's.

£10 an hour for that role devalues others salaries.

It's my main argument against the chaos of a  £10 minimum wage.

£10 an hour on a 40 hour week is £20,800 bear in mind.

 

I can see why you would think a £10 per hour burger flipper would devalue others salaries. However that is not McDonald's problem, they are a massively rich company, who could afford to pay burger flippers £10 per hour. Higher salaries = better motivated staff which leads to better service. I used to work part time at McDonalds when i was in College, honestly the high staff turnover was shocking.

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Cathedral Bobby

We pay cathedral constables slightly more, but the analysis I use is that they're paid more than a probationer PC who has far more responsibility and faces far greater risks. A PCs pay at the top end is ok (regional variations and costs accepted) but at the bottom end is shocking, about the same as a burger flipper.

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BlueBob
9 hours ago, MerseyLLB said:

I'm sorry but you cannot expect to support a family on the wage of a Crew Member at McDonald's.

£10 an hour for that role devalues others salaries.

It's my main argument against the chaos of a  £10 minimum wage.

£10 an hour on a 40 hour week is £20,800 bear in mind.

 

The info suggests they are short hours contracts so £20k is just the pro-rats rate.  Its  a very small group and we don't really know what their real issues are

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