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FAST-FOOD workers in Britain will be raising their voices in solidarity with thousands of workers in the US on Sunday as they prepare to strike for black lives.
A coalition of labour and black advocacy groups in the US are launching actions across 25 cities on Monday against corporations such as McDonalds, Amazon, Uber and Lyft in order to demand proper wages and the right to join a union.
The strikers are targeting industries in which black workers are disproportionately represented, including fast food, airports, gig-economy workers, nursing and social care.
To show solidarity from across the pond, black and minority-ethnic McDonald’s workers are marking the action with an online Zoom rally tomorrow evening.
McStriker Muadh Abdelhafid, who is also on the BAME McStrike committee said: “Racist policing is systemic, but systemic racism runs through these global corporations like McDonalds making millions in profit by paying us poverty wages.
“Companies like Mcdonalds say that they are with Black Lives Matter but if they’re with us then why don’ t they recognise our union?
“If they are with us why don’t they pay us a living wage?”
The multi-billion -pound global corporation received a backlash last month when it tweeted support for BLM while still holding its largely BAME employees on insecure contracts and low wages.
The new BAME McStrike committee, which is part of fast-food workers’ union BFAWU, is calling for the BLM movement to be brought into workplaces.
McDonalds workers in Britain first walked out in the McStrike campaign in 2018 over zero-hours contracts and to demand £10 an hour.
To join the solidarity call at 7pm on Sunday visit: https://mcstrike.uk/strikeforblacklives/
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