McStrike and Fight for 15

 

 

War on Want has long fought for the rights of workers.

War on Want stands with fast food workers in the UK, US and around the world in the global struggle for a living wage, better working conditions and the right to join a union. We're proud to offer our solidarity and support to the #McStrike campaign in the UK, and the US Fight For 15 campaign.  

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.

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McDonald's €1 Billion tax dodge

McDonald’s is one of the world’s most recognised brands, with 36,000 stores serving approximately 69 million customers every day. The McDonald’s system employs 1.9 million people. McDonald's is the largest fast food company in Europe, with 7,850 stores.

While McDonald’s portrays itself as a vital provider of jobs its workers often experience precarious, low-wage work with little prospect  advancement, meanwhile, its shady tax affairs see it continue to avoid paying its fair share.

Following War on Want's report into the fast food giant's deliberate avoidance of over €1 billion in corporate taxes in Europe over the five year period, 2009-2013, the European Commission announced an investigation into McDonald's tax arrangements.

Ironically, more than 56,000 tax inspectors have been cut throughout the EU at precisely the moment they are most needed to investigate companies like McDonald’s. 

Read Unhappy Meal - €1 Billion in Tax Avoidance on the Menu

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