|experience:||McDonald's crew member, East Ham, 1986-1987|
Witness outlines poor working conditions and hygiene problems, and attempts to start a Union branch
I worked for McDonald's at East Ham for over 12 months from December 1986.
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On one day I was carrying five boxes of frozen chips at once and I banged my hand into the metal frame of the freezer room door. This caused a deep cut in my right thumb. This incident was logged in the store's book for accidents at work. I bandaged up the wound which seemed to work at first. As the morning went on blood started seeping through the bandage. Because the lunch time rush was coming up I was encouraged by the store manager to stay at work. Eventually I had to leave because blood was dripping from the bandage onto the cooking surface where I was frying the hamburgers.
Because of a number at practices at the store I and my colleagues felt were unfair we talked about joining a union. These practices included the ways promotions and pay rises were decided and the way some of the managers treated staff. I joined the Transport and General Workers' Union. I urged other workers to join the union but no-one did, largely due to fear for their jobs. One junior manager advised us that McDonald's did not like trade unions.
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|status:||Appeared in court|
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