McDonald's often claim that a proposed new outlet will benefit an
area by offering new employment opportunities but they are rather economic
with the facts. The information below may be
of use in countering their propoganda.
Below is the claim regarding employment that was submitted by McDonald's
their application for planning permission to covert the White Lion pub in
East Grinstead into a
drive-thru McDonald's. McDonald's claims are followed by a responce from the
Coalition Against the McDonald's Plan".
McDonald's submission on employment:
"To operate the Drive-Thru, McDonald's will employ five salaried Managers
and approximately seventy-five full and part-time hourly paid staff. On
average 62% of
employees are less that 21 years old and will be recruited locally, making a
to youth employment."
About 80% of crew people are 'part-time' (source: Sid Nicholson, McDonald's
UK Vice President),
averaging about 20 hours per week. Assuming 'approximately' 75 staff are
recruited this means the
of only 15 full time jobs. Assuming 62% of these jobs are allocated to
people under 21 it will create
9.3 full time youth opportunities and, of course, cannot take account of
redundancies that might
occur at other food outlets in East Grinstead and indeed the White Lion pub
The current local DoEE unemployment figure stands at 2,473 which excludes
those under 18 who are
unable to register for
benefit and can only add to the figure. Whilst any new employment
opportunity should be welcomed,
how can this
be deemed 'significant' and what type of jobs are these for our young people?
Mr Beavers (US Senior Vice President) has accepted that McDonald's depends
for their profits (over
$1 billion p.a.) on the labour
of young people and he has also admitted that employees do not have any
guaranteed hours or pay
McDonald's UK have admitted that they have been convicted of 73 offences in
relation to the
employment of young people.
The untelevised Channel 4 documentary 'One Every Mile', shown as evidence in
the High Court, and
filmed in two London stores with McDonald's permission, portrays the high
conditions. Crew members' were filmed complaining about
pay, of pay rises being delayed, about hours of work being under-recorded
and that the pressure of
work "does you brain in". in 1992 the manager of a Newcastle store was
jailed for 6 months for
inducing a crew member to phone through a hoax bomb threat to a nearby
Burger King in order to
boost sales at his store.
Other planning related issues:
Traffic Congestion, Parking and
Environment Litter, Noise and
Guide to the Planning Applications -
background information about
the planning system.
Organising Objections - A brief summary of
things to do.
Example letter of objection - to help
you write your own letter.
Example campaign petition -
helpfull for raising awareness.
Spoof McDriveThru application - to be used as