Clacton Labour Party will be supporting local Fast Food Workers during the McStrike action on Monday 4th September.
On Monday 4th September there is a strike at McDonald’s restaurants in Crayford (SE London and Cambridge) supported by BFAWU bakers’ union. These are the first ever UK McDonald’s workers to go on strike.
Outside London BFAWU are calling for solidarity protests and leafletings at McDonald’s stores around the country.
At the last all members meeting of Clacton Labour Party on Wednesday we agreed to support the strike with a Motion which is reproduced at the bottom of this article.
Members will be campaigning and leafletting McDonalds workers in Clacton Town Centre and in Weeley on Monday.
Please join us:
Find out more about the National Campaign on the FastFoodRights website
Watch a video ‘£10 per hour isn’t pie in the sky’:
We look forward to seeing you on Monday
MOTION: Solidarity with BFAWU McDonald’s #McStrike
Clacton CLP Notes
1) The Baker’s, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) have notified McDonald’s that 40 workers at 2 stores have voted by 95.7 percent to strike, with the first strike date set for 4 September 2017. UK McDonald’s workers in BFAWU are set to strike over the company’s failure to deal with grievances related to drastic cuts to employee hours and bullying in the workplace – viewed by some as a punishment for joining a union.
2) Alongside this, workers are dissatisfied with McDonald’s for failing to deliver on the contracts they have been promised which were set to end the use of zero-hour terms. Attempting to live on low wages, with no guaranteed hours, has meant that some employees have found themselves unable to meet their rent payments and out of their homes as a result.
3) The UK McDonald’s strike is part of a growing global movement advocating for the fair and decent treatment of workers, spearheaded by the “Fight for $15” strike movement in the US, which the BFAWU Fast Food Rights campaign works alongside.
4) Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, and TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady are among those who have publicised their support for the BFAWU action at McDonald’s.
5) Workers will also be calling for a fair wage of £10 per hour, and the recognition of their right to form a trade union as employees of the company.
Clacton CLP believes:
1) The BFAWU strike at McDonald’s is seeing low waged, previously un-unionised workers organising into a union and standing up to take on a notorious employer in a notorious industry for undermining workers’ basic rights and conditions. The workers need the full, concrete and urgent solidarity of the wider trade union and social movement.
This is a fight for us all, and one that has already seen gains, such as McDonald’s UK’s announcement that they would deliver on their previous promise of guaranteed hours’ contracts for every worker by the end of 2017. A victory at McDonald’s for BFAWU members would be a victory for the whole trade union movement.
Clacton CLP Resolves
1) To fully support the #McStrike campaign by BFAWU, and send a solidarity message from this body.
2) To publicise all activities and events in the strike campaign, and encourage our members to attend, with banners where possible, and to send support to the BFAWU members taking action. Messages of support can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
3) To give a solidarity donation of £20 to the strike fund. Payments can be made via this website: https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/fast-food-rights-uk