Hospitality workers to join global strike

By agency reporter
September 24, 2018

On 4 October 2018, workers in some branches of McDonalds, TGI Fridays and JD Wetherspoons will strike, staging coordinated walkouts to highlight issues of low pay and insecure working in the UK hospitality industry. There will be actions from fast food workers around the globe on the same day for union rights, a living wage and decent working conditions. 

Workers in two Wetherspoons pubs in Brighton, McDonalds in Brixton, Crayford, Cambridge and Watford, TGI Fridays workers in Milton Keynes, Covent Garden and Stratford in London will be going on strike.

McDonalds striker Lauren McCourt, said: “We’re joining with Wetherspoons and TGI Friday’s workers because when we come together, hospitality workers have the power to transform our sector. The days of poverty pay, insecure contracts and lack of respect for workers are numbered. A living wage of £10 per hour for all ages, security of hours, and our right to a union are the basic rights we are fighting for. Hospitality workers are rising up and all those who suffer similar conditions should join with us. We will win”

Matt Rouse, a kitchen worker at the Bright Helm (JD Wetherspoons) Brighton said: “We’re excited and happy to be going on strike. 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.”

Boni Adeliyi, a TGI Fridays waitress in Milton Keynes said:  “We’re striking on on October 4th to show the strength we have when workers come together. The movement is growing and change is coming! All young workers should join a union – it’s important to know your rights and how to fight for them when they’re being ignored. Together we are stronger!”

The workers will convene for a rally in Leicester Square at 11am. They will be  joined by hospitality workers from across the UK and a delegation of workers from four continents who are travelling to show their support. The UK workers are part of a growing global movement of fast food workers. 

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