NEWS & RESOURCES

McDonald’s workers strike over low pay and zero hours contracts

McDonald’s employees recently staged their first UK strike, following rows over zero-hours contracts and workplace bullying claims. The strike action signals the first time McDonald’s workers have walked out since the famous American burger chain came to the UK more than forty years ago.

The staff also want their pay to increase to £10 an hour. This would raise it above the minimum wage of £7.50 for staff aged 25 and over. The battle for more wages follows a campaign by McDonald’s staff in the US who want an hourly rate of $15.

Trade union, the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Alliance, represent the fast food workers involved in the UK strike. The McDonalds staff come from restaurants in Crayford, near Dartford, and Cambridge.

Staff offered choice, says employer

McDonald’s say the grievance relates to internal procedures and would affect fewer than 0.01% of its workforce, across only two of its 1,270 UK restaurants. The company claims it gave staff the choice of fixed or flexible contracts and that 86% chose the flexible option. The company has become one of the biggest users of zero-hours contracts in the UK. However, it pledged to offer guaranteed hours contracts to all of its 115,000 UK staff by the end of 2017.

The catering sector has become renowned for zero hours contracts and low pay. Historic difficulty in unionisation of catering workplaces has left workers in the sector lacking the collective bargaining power and the typical protections that trade union membership affords.

SHARE THIS:

Instagram

GET IN TOUCH

Got questions? Looking for advice?

GET IN TOUCH

Got questions? Looking for advice?

RELATED RESOURCES

Explore our comprehensive library of related resources to gain valuable insights, expert tips, and helpful tools for optimising your HR practices.

SIGN-UP FOR UPDATES

Receive all the latest industry insights, expert tips and exciting updates from HR Solutions, straight to your inbox.

Strategic HR thinking whitepaper

Our latest HR whitepaper offers an in-depth analysis and strategic framework aimed at transforming Human Resources into a pivotal element of business success in the rapidly evolving corporate environment of 2024.

PARTNER REGISTRATION

Register your details below and we will contact you regarding how HR Solutions can support your organisation.

MAKE A GENERAL ENQUIRY

We’re here to assist you with any questions or enquiries you might have. Simply fill out the form below, and our dedicated team will get back to you.

REQUEST A PROPOSAL FROM US

We’re here to assist you with any questions or enquiries you might have. Simply fill out the form below, and our dedicated team will get back to you.

BOOK YOUR PLACE

Please complete the form and one of our team will call you back to discuss your query/booking.

Request your free trial

Register your details below and we will contact you about your 30 day free trial of the HR Knowledge Base.

REGISTRATION FORM

Register your details below and we will contact you about access to the HR Knowledge Base.  As part of your approved industry membership organisation you can get access to the HR Knowledge Base, created by Business HR Solutions, which is the go-to resource for thousands of business owners and managers across the UK.

2023/2024 SME BUSINESS SURVEY

Our latest 2023/24 SME Business Survey sheds light on the intricate dynamics shaping the SME sector and unveils critical insights that can guide businesses toward sustainable success.

IF YOU WISH TO PURCHASE HR ADVICE LINE TIME, PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW.

HR Solutions are here to help. We offer a standard hourly rate package for ad hoc HR advice which means you can pay for what you need, whenever you need it, and then quickly get advice. Our highly experienced advisors are on hand to provide you with practical employment advice to help you manage your workforce.  You can purchase HR Advice Line time now, and the time purchased will be valid for 12 months.