Fast food workers’ rights demonstration

11 January 2016 - 3:30pm
Press release

War on Want will join UK and US fast food workers at McDonald’s in Whitehall, London, on Wednesday 13 January, as part of a global campaign for fast food workers’ rights.

The demonstration will be followed by a fast food forum at parliament, hosted by Fast Food Rights. UK and US fast food workers will be joined by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnel MP, who founded the Fast Food Rights campaign alongside the Bakers and Allied Food Workers Union (BFAWU) in 2014, and other leading figures from the trade union and anti-austerity movement.

Owen Espley, Senior Economic Justice Campaigner at War on Want, said:

“For too long, workers in the fast food industry have faced exploitation, while the likes of McDonald’s dodge their taxes and profit from the misery of working people. As McDonald's siphons off its profits to tax havens, its workers are paid poverty wages and forced to tolerate the uncertainty of zero-hour contracts.  It’s time to put workers’ rights on the menu at McDonald’s.

“War on Want has long fought for the rights of workers. We stand proudly beside fast food workers in the UK, and the US Fight For $15 movement, in the global struggle for a living wage, better working conditions and union rights.”

 

Notes for Editors

For further information and interviews, contact Ross Hemingway on +44 7983 550 728 

Event details:

In December 2015, the European Commission announced an investigation into McDonald’s tax affairs following a War on Want report revealing the fast food giant’s €1 billion tax dodge. The report “Unhappy Meal” is available here: www.waronwant.org/unhappy-meal

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