STRABANE’S new Chamber of Commerce President Martin Gallen says McDonald’s would need to ‘buck up their ideas’ with regards pay and contracts before coming to Strabane.
He was speaking after McDonald’s workers in England went on strike for the first time since the fast food chain opened in 1974 over low wages and zero-hour contracts.
On Monday 40 McDonald’s staff at restaurants in Cambridge and Crayford in London went on strike over pay, demanding a wage of at least £10 an hour, more secure working hours and union recognition.
“This was always my fear when I had heard Mc Donalds were on the way,” Mr Gallen said. “Jobs are always welcome in my town but as I have said before not all jobs are good jobs. Trust me I’ve had enough bad ones.
“I had no real idea what McDonalds were like as an employer but I asked a trade unionist friend of mine and to be honest between what he told me and what I’m reading online recently I would not be terribly impressed with their track record. They would need to buck their ideas up and treat people with the respect they deserve.”
Monday’s McDonald’s strike was supported by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who said, “Our party offers support and solidarity to the brave McDonald’s workers, who are making history today. They are standing up for workers’ rights by leading the first ever strike at McDonald’s in the UK.
“Their demands – an end to zero-hours contracts by the end of the year, union recognition and a £10 per hour minimum wage – are just, and should be met.”
The fast-food chain uses zero-hours contracts for staff, although recently started offering workers the option of moving to fixed hours.
On Saturday more than 100 union and political activists joijned McDonald’s workers as they protested outside the company’s headquarters in East Finchley, London.
Posted: 5:43 pm September 9, 2017