Comment: McDonald’s CEO firing

4 November 2019 - 1:15pm
Press release


Liz McKean Director of Campaigns, Policy and Programmes at War on Want responding to news of McDonald’s CEO firing following disclosure that he’d had a (consensual) relationship with a McDonald’s employee in violation of McDonald’s internal policy said:

“For too many McDonald’s workers, the abuse of power by managers is an everyday experience – including for many women who have experienced sexual harassment and abuse. These workers will be wishing that McDonald’s took the abuse of power in their stores just as seriously, by properly addressing issues such as sexual harassment throughout the business.

“It would be wrong to eulogise a CEO who has built McDonald’s profits on the back of exploiting workers, denying their right to a union, dodging taxes, and creating a workplace culture where abuses such as sexual harassment thrive. In the UK, the US, and many other countries, McDonald’s workers have resorted to strike action to try and get their employer to listen to their concerns: an end to sexual harassment, a proper wage and recognition of their right to join a union. The new CEO should prioritise listening to workers and responding to their concerns.”

Notes to editors:

For further information and comment please contact: TJ Chuah, Communications Officer, War on Want,, 020 7324 5065

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