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The BFAWU welcomes McDonald's pay announcement

The BFAWU welcomes the raise in pay announced by the McDonald's corporation. It demonstrates that when workers stand together and take strike action they can win.

We congratulate those who took strike action and stood up for fairness. This increase is due to their courage and commitment to improve working conditions and the lives of those who work in McDonald's.

Our members complain of poor work conditions as well as low pay. On the 4th September, after trying to resolve grievances, our members took strike action calling on McDonald's to raise pay, end its use of zero hours contracts and improve working conditions. By taking this action our members shone a light on an organisation that has led the race to the bottom not just in the UK but across the world.

These courageous workers demanded to be treated with dignity and respect - something that all workers deserve. When you work for the second largest employer in the world, one which makes profits in the tens of billions, you expect to be able to receive a wage that enables you to live.

This pay rise is a step in the right direction for all of McDonald's workers but it is by no means the end of the campaign. If just 30 workers can lift wages above anything McDonald's have raised in recent history (or been forced to through legislation) then imagine what we can do when thousands organise across McDonald's and what we will achieve.

Our members are still demanding a real contract of employment, a minimum wage for all of at leat £10 and better working conditions for all.

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