Union ral­lies sup­port for ‘low paid’ work­ers

Accrington Observer - - LOOKING BACK -

TRADE union mem­bers have ral­lied out­side an Ac­cring­ton restau­rant to sup­port the in­ter­na­tional ‘War on Want McStrike’ cam­paign.

Around a dozen mem­bers of Hyn­d­burn Mo­men­tum and lo­cal trade unions gath­ered out­side the McDon­ald’s branch at The Viaduct to sup­port ‘low paid’ work­ers.

Kay Jenk­in­son, of Hyn­d­burn Mo­men­tum, said: “We are here be­cause of zero-hour con­tracts.

“A lot of work­ers don’t want to come out on strike be­cause their jobs are so in­se­cure so we wanted to be here and show our sup­port.”

Cam­paigner Ca­role Grady said: “The chief ex­ec­u­tive of McDon­ald’s takes home £12 mil­lion a year while those on the shop floor are on min­i­mum wage. It should be a lot fairer.

“There are many low paid work­ers in the area us­ing food banks.”

Na­tion­ally, work­ers from McDon­ald’s, JD Wether­spoon, TGI Fri­days and UberEats joined the strike on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 4.

McDon­ald’s said it has of­fered staff a choice be­tween fixed and flex­i­ble con­tracts and “80pc have made the de­ci­sion to stay on a flex­i­ble con­tract”.

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