DO YOU WORK FOR McDONALD'S?
ARE YOU SICK OF LOW WAGES?
ARE YOU SICK OF SEEING PEOPLE INJURED?Would you prefer a decent pay rise, guaranteed hours, overtime pay and an end to humiliating "performance reviews"?
ARE YOU SICK OF BEING BOSSED AROUND?Even McDonald's admit that burns, slips and falls etc are BIG problems.
ARE YOU SICK OF POOR WORKING CONDITIONS?Do you want RIGHTS, and freedom from being constantly watched and treated like being in the Army? Do you want an end to harassment and unfair dismissals?
ARE YOU SICK OF McDONALD'S?Do you want relief from continual pressures to work hard, to 'hustle', to cut corners with safety procedures? Do you want decent breaks, and to smile when YOU feel like it?
Are you fed up with all the crawling to bigwigs from Head Office, the company's inane propaganda, and their processed food?
DO YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT ?
Did you know that McDonald's spends well over $2 billion worldwide every year on ads and promotions to boost their image - yet they can't, for example, find a single penny to pay overtime. The aim is: get profits UP, and wage costs DOWN.
No wonder so many chuck the job in. But those who stay can fight to improve things....Read on for details of what you can do.
|ANNUAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY WITH McDONALD'S WORKERS OCTOBER 12th|
|This day marks the anniversary of the death in 1992 of Mark Hopkins, a worker electrocuted at a McDonald's store in Manchester. (On 8th March 1996, a crew member from Wollongong in Australia, also died from electrocution in controversial circumstances). We are again calling for a Day of Solidarity With McDonald's Workers on that day, following the success of this event in the past. WE CALL FOR LEAFLETING AT LOCAL STORES (leaflets available from McSpotlight Campaigns section.)||"I want every McDonald's worker to stand up for their rights, which is why I am backing this campaign 100%. In this way, Mark's death will not have been in vain." - Maureen Hopkins, Mark's mother.|
STANDING UP TO McDONALD'S
There have been disputes and strikes in a number of countries, and in some the company has been forced to accept trade unions and workers' rights. In Canada a few years ago, a 16 year old crew member, keeping it secret from management, single-handedly signed up over half of the workers in her store into a trade union.
At the end of the 1990s a Union drive at the Saint-Hubert store in Quebec,
Canada resulted in 82% of crew members joining the union and demanding
Union rights and a similar union drive in Macedonia,
Ohio, USA, led to over half joining.
In 1994 in France, five Store Managers were arrested for refusing to recognise crew members' rights and trade union elections in their stores. A strike has also taken place there.
ON TRIAL AT THE HIGHCOURT
The company's business practices were under the spotlight in a mammoth libel trial at the High Court in London. Two supporters of London Greenpeace defended leaflets criticising McDonald's, including a whole section criticising crew pay and conditions. 35 ex-workers came forward to help them by giving evidence of what really goes on inside the stores. This has benefitted all McDonald's workers by forcing the company onto the defensive. So now's the time to organise!
|WHAT YOU CAN DO - Obviously you'll need to be careful.
But you can:
We can send you more of these leaflets (free to workers), plus more detailed ones. Also general advice on standing up to McDonald's - we've had the same sort of experiences as you! Most importantly we're building up a nationwide support network to provide information and to promote solidarity for all McDonald's workers wanting to fight for their rights. We know that people gain confidence and strength when they have back-up.
Some McDonald's workers have already contacted us about getting involved. How about you and your workmates? For more details, fill out the tear-off slip or contact us on the number below. Send us your ideas or grievances! All info treated confidentially.
Please send me more information about the Support Network for McDonald's Workers.
Send to: Support Network for McDonald's Workers, c/o MSC, 5 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX. Other contacts: 01603 611072 (south) / 0161 231 8177 (north)