McDonald’s braced for first ever UK strike as staff demand living wage and an end to zero-hour contracts

McDonald’s faces its first-ever UK strike today as workers walk out over pay and conditions.

Dozens of staff voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action, amid concerns about working conditions and zero-hours contracts.

They plan to mount early-morning picket lines before holding a rally in Westminster.

The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union wants at least a £10 hourly wage and more secure hours for employees.

National president Ian Hodson said: “We fully support the historic decision by these brave workers to stand up and fight back against McDonald’s.

Members of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union protest outside the McDonald’s headquarters in East Finchley

“For far too long, workers in fast food restaurants such as McDonald’s have had to deal with poor working conditions, drastic cuts to employee hours and even bullying.”

About 300 of an estimated 85,000 UK McDonald’s workers are BFAWU members. It is expected that about 40 staff at two branches in Cambridge and in Crayford, South East London, will join the strike.

Jeremy Corbyn is supporting the striking workers

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “Our party offers support and solidarity to the brave McDonald’s workers.”

McDonald’s British-born chief executive Steve Easterbrook was paid nearly £12million in salary, stock and bonuses last year. The com-pany said in April that staff would be offered fixed hours but 86% have chosen to stay on flexible contracts.

A spokesman said: “Less than 0.01% of our workforce are intending to strike in two of our 1,270 UK restaurants.

“The dispute is solely related to our internal grievance procedures.”

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