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McDonald’s, TGI Fridays and JD Wetherspoon workers to make history with joint strike action

Hospitality workers worldwide are standing against poverty pay

FAST-FOOD workers are to make history by staging co-ordinated strike action at three of Britain's biggest hospitality chains – McDonald’s, TGI Fridays and pub group JD Wetherspoon.

The strikes will be among stoppages by fast-food workers worldwide, and the strikers will be joined by delegations of fast-food workers from four continents.

The strike takes place on October 4, and the workers will stage a rally in London’s Leicester Square to demand a £10 an hour minimum wage, union recognition and secure contracts.

Matt Rouse, a 22-year-old kitchen worker at Wetherspoon’s Bright Helm pub in Brighton said: “I’ve been inspired by my co-workers as we stand together to call out injustice in our workplaces.

“We are determined to stand together and make our demands for £10 an hour for all and union recognition heard.

“This is only the beginning, we will keep fighting for everyone, for better wages and rights for hospitality workers across the country.”

Union Unite is organising workers at TGI Fridays outlets while the Bakers’ Food and Allied Workers’ union is recruiting at Wetherspoon’s pubs and at McDonald’s.

Workers at all three firms have previously taken strike action at unionised outlets over pay and insecure jobs.

They are part of a growing movement of hospitality workers worldwide who face poverty pay, precarious  contracts and lack of union recognition, and who are resisting with strike action.

Manchester McStriker Lauren McCourt said: “We’re joining with Wetherspoon’s and TGI Fridays workers because when we come together, hospitality workers have the power to transform our sector.

"A living wage of £10 an hour for all ages, security of hours, and our right to a union are the basic rights we are fighting for.”

Workers will strike at two Wetherspoon pubs in Brighton, four McDonald’s outlets in Brixton, Crayford, Cambridge and Watford, and three TGI Fridays in Milton Keynes, Covent Garden and Stratford in London.

Boni Adeliyi, a TGI Fridays waitress in Milton Keynes said: “We’re striking on October 4 to show the strength we have when workers come together. The movement is growing and change is coming.”

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