This is especially important for those of us who are under 25, since we’re currently being paid less for the same work.
I’m organising because of the bullying that many people, including myself, have suffered at the hands of management. This includes physical contact and pushing, swearing at staff and mocking those they don’t think are “good enough”.
Over the 18 months I’ve worked at McDonald’s, I’ve seen staff leaving after only months due to bullying from management. Some have been sacked on the spot without due process. I know some are contemplating leaving right now.
The first step we’re taking in our store is finding out what issues our workmates have. These range from people on low pay being forced to work long shifts with no social life, to anger of zero-hours contracts, to people being unhappy with the way they’re treated by management.
The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) has helped every step of the way. They’ve planned meetings locally to discuss how best to take up grievances in the workplace, and have met up with our workmates one-on-one to find out what they’re angry and concerned about.
If you work in a McDonald’s anywhere, I’d recommend joining the BFAWU.
If enough workers stand up together we have power. If we use that power, I believe that we’ll win.