Immediate Release: 23 March 2020
Responding to McDonald’s announcement of closures, Melissa Evans, 32, who works at McDonald’s in Wandsworth Town said:
“We’ve still not heard anything from our franchise about the closure. There needs to be communication, clear advice and we need to be told about our pay. McDonald’s needs to make sure all its workers are secure. They need to step up.
“We were already getting poverty wages, and we are still having to pay 100% of rent and 100% of bills, so McDonald’s needs to pay us 100% of wages. They need to reassure staff who’ve been off sick or worked less than normal over the last 12 weeks.
“It’s time for McDonald’s to put back into the communities that they’ve taken out of for so long. McDonald’s workers shouldn’t be facing poverty as well as the corona virus.”
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McDonald’s has said it will close all 1,270 of its restaurants in the UK by the end of Monday which employ around 135,000 people in the UK, the majority of which are on zero-hours contracts.The chain has said staff directly employed by the company will receive full pay for the next two weeks and 80% of wages (calculated on previous 12 weeks) after that.
Despite announcing a closure to all restaurants, McDonald’s claim franchises (82% of restaurants) will make their own decisions on pay saying they ‘expect franchises to follow suit’.
The McStrike campaign is spearheaded by The Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU). They aim to ensure fast food workers have the right to a fair wage and decent working conditions across the country.