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Industrial McDonald's workers to strike again on May Day

Unrest at fast food giant spreads to northern England

McDONALD'S workers have overwhelmingly voted in favour of a May Day nationwide strike.

Staff organised by the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) voted by a majority of 95.2 per cent to strike on International Workers Day – including in Watford, the hometown of McDonald’s chief executive Steve Easterbrook.

The workers are demanding a £10-an-hour wage, choice in fixed-hour contracts, an end to unequal pay for young workers and for the formal recognition of BFAWU.  

Two striking McDonald’s branches – Crayford and Cambridge – are the same branches that took historic industrial action in September 2017.

The other three stores in Manchester and Watford are newly organised.

BFAWU president Ian Hodson said: "The McStrike is on the road to victory.

"We will be supporting our members in McDonald’s as they take on the world’s second-largest employer.

"The time for change at McDonald’s is long overdue.”

On the ground, Manchester McDonald’s employee Lauren McCourt echoed Mr Hodson’s sentiment that change must come.

She said: “Zero-hour contracts mean we live in fear of losing the future hours we need to survive. If I don’t get the hours I need, how am I supposed to pay my rent?

“It’s time for McDonald’s to respect its workers and give us the option of guaranteed hours.”

Watford McDonald’s worker Joshua Khan singled out Mr Easterbrook for criticism, attacking the millionaire for disregarding his hometown staff.

“He should get on his private jet and come talk to our union," he said.

"We deserve a wage that means we can live with dignity.”

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