witness statement

name: Dan Gallin
section: Employment
for: The Defence
experience: General Secretary of the International Union of Food


Managing Director Theo Holm went to the press and complained that the trade union had created fear and concern among McDonald's employees, who had at least as good wages and conditions as any collective agreement would give them. The truth is that the workers basic wage is below the basic in the collective agreement and they get no other supplements that are included in the agreement.

McDonalds was not dormant during this time. Employees were called to meetings with management and every worker was called in. The press wrote a great deal about the issue and revealed that, inter alia, young people under 18 worked nights at some McDonald's, something which is illegal in Norway.


I am the General Secretary of the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers Associations (IUF).

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Royal courts of Justice

I, Dan Gallin, am the General Secretary of the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers Associations (IUF). Paul Garver is a coordinator of our Department of Transnational corporations. The IUF is a world-wide federation, found in 1920, of trade unions in 90 countries representing workers employed in the manufacture, preperation and serving of food, in hotels and in tobacco. The IUF Secretariat is based in Geneva, Switzerland. The affiliated unions determine all IUF policy and elect office holders.

One function of the IUF is the co-ordination and representation of our national affiliated unions when engaged in disputes with transnational corporations. Hence the IUF can be seen as a "Union of Unions."

The IUF statutes include the convening of specific international Trade Groups and Conferences, as well as an official secretariat newsletter (the IUF News Bulletin). The statutes also provide for other periodical publications that are approved by the Executive Committee, which have included the HRC Bulletin and the IUF Directory of Transationals (profiles of individual companies, available only to affiliated unions).

A number of our member unions were involved in the 1980s in disputes with the McDonalds Corporation or its subsidiaries. As a result of this, in November 1984 the IUF Hotel, Restaurant and Catering Trade Group convened an international McDonald's Trade Union Working Group of national delegates, in order to further the recruitment and representation of McDonald's employees. This Working Group made first-hand official reports to the HRC Trade Group, which contained details of members disputes in Germany (Rhineland/Westphalia and Regensburg), Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, USA, Australia and France. These reports of disputes often appeared also in the IUF News Bulletin for circulation to affiliates. Occasionally the IUF also circulated special official reports to the IUF from a member union in dispute with McDonald's, for example the HRF Report from Denmark.


Dan Gallin
General Secretary

Paul Garver

supplementary statement:

November 11, 1993


McDonalds vs Steel & Morris

I, Dan Gallin, General Secretary of the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurants, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers Associations, make the following addition to my Statment of 26th July 1993.

I have been shown some of the relevant Statments of the McDonalds Corporation regarding various labour disputes involving the IUF and our affiliated national unions. I am able, if so requested, to contact the relevant union representatives for each of the disputes at issue in the case involving our organisation (regarding Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, USA and France) in order for a statment to be sought and/or relevant documents to be made available to the defence and to the court. In some cases this may include updates.

I have read the defence particulars on the above-mentioned disputes and can verify they are accuruate summaries of official and specialist information provided to the defence by our union.

Dan Gallin
General Secretary

November 4, 1993

To affiliates in the HRC sector

(to the Executive Committee for Information in Geneva)

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Concerns: Union Victory at McDonald's in Norway

We have been informed by our affiliate, the Norwegian Hotel and Restaurant Workers Union (HRAF) of the union's recent victory when McDonald's agreed to sign the collective agreement for the sector in Norway. The agreement covers 3 McDonald's units in Oslo, the capital.

At the request of HRAF the IUF secretariat sent messages of protest to McDonald's headquaters both in Norway and the USA on October 22.

Below is the union's own account of the dispute and its successful resolution.

Agreement at McDonald's in Norway

On October 28, Theo Holm, Managing Director of McDonald's in Norway, signed a collective agreement covering 3 of McDonald's units in Norway. The road to the agreement has been long and hard. The last time the union (HRAF) demanded an agreement with McDonald's all organised workers left the union after they had received "other jobs and better wages".

On June 9, HRAF sent its demand for a collective agreement for 6 McDonalds units, since 12 cleaners had organised McDonald's replied by giving all of them notice of dismissal.

Grounds for Dismissal

Reduced Working time

Decent Wages


Arbitration Meeting


Full Victory

Yours in Solidarity

Dan Gallin
General secretary

Patrick Dalban-Moreynas

date signed: July 26, 1993
status: Read out in court

references: Not applicable/ available

exhibits: Not applicable/ available

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