On Wednesday 15th April there will be global protests against the exploitation of fast food workers. There is a planned action in Leeds at 4.30 outside MacDonalds in Briggate, Leeds City Centre. Unite Community members are invited to go along and support the action.
An article at Politics.co.uk by Ian Hodson, National President of the Bakers’, Food & Allied Workers’ Union gives the full background to the global protests: ”On 15 April 2015, thousands of fast food workers will lead a mass movement of around 60,000 low waged workers striking across the United States to raise the issue of poor wages and the lack of trade union rights within their industry. At the same time, fast food workers and activists in 33 other countries around the world will also be taking action against low pay. Here in the UK, the Bakers’ Food and Allied Workers’ Union’s Fast Food Rights campaign, which works in conjunction with the US workers’ movement, is calling for an end to the use of zero hours contracts and demanding an increase in the minimum wage to £10 per hour.” The full version can be read here.