McDonald’s staff cry victory as it finally reacts to strikes and gives workers the biggest raise in 10 years

McDonald’s UK has pledged to give its employees their biggest pay rise in ten years, Mirror Online can reveal.

The move comes into force on January 22 this year and is banded by position, region, and age. Only company-owned McDonald’s restaurants (about a quarter of branches in Britain) are affected.

A staff member at a McDonald’s branch in London shared with Mirror Online a company notice put up by management on Tuesday night.

Pay will increase up in all company-owned McDonald’s restaurants

The employee, who falls into the 21-24 category and has asked to remain anonymous, said in a private Facebook post: “WE WON THIS. Biggest pay rise for 10 years! If 0.001% going on strike can win this imagine what more can do!”

They told Mirror Online: “[We’ve been told] pay will be raised, with some crew over 25 even getting £10 an hour!

“Everyone’s pay has gone up. It’s not loads, but it’s a win! My pay was around £7.45 and now it will be £7.95. It’s the biggest raise in ten years.”

McDonald’s recommends starting rates to managers. For perspective, under 18s currently get around £5.10 per hour, while those over 25 usually start on £7.60.

McDonald’s has confirmed to us that the wages on the pamphlet are correct.

Now, 16-17 year-olds will join on a minimum wage of £5.75, while crew over the age of 25 will initially receive £8 per hour.

The decision comes after last year’s strikes – a British first for McDonald’s – that saw staff from two branches stage a 24-hour protest.

McDonald’s workers took their protest to Parliament

Workers at a branch in Cambridge, and another in Crayford, south east London, made history on Monday September 4 after repeated claims of poor working conditions, zero-hour contracts, and low pay. Some staff talked about “extreme stress” and even “bullying”.

Cambridge restaurant crew member Steve Day, who took part in the strikes, told Mirror Online: “Obviously we welcome this. It’s brilliant and a step in the right direction. And it’s good McDonald’s are finally listening to us.

“But there’s much more to be done. It’s still not really enough money to live on. Wages have been stagnant for so long, and this is McDonald’s just buckling under a bit of pressure.

“When the CEO gets £8,000 per hour [according to Steve] we think we should maybe get a little more. The burgers and fries don’t cook themselves – we keep him in a job.”

The 25-year-old, whose wage will rise from £7.65 to £8 per hour, suggested more could be achieved were a greater proportion of the workforce organised.

“It shows what an impact a small number of us can have. A tiny number did this – tiny, but not insignificant. I think we can do more.”

Steve, who’s originally from Yorkshire and has worked for the company for nearly six months, also told us that he works around 35-40 hours a week on a zero-hour contract, and would like to be given better job security.

More can be done

While today is a small victory, the 30 strikers initially wanted to see their [crew member] wages rise to £10 per hour from around £7.50.

McDonald’s management had earlier in the year promised to give permanent positions to workers on zero-hour contracts. It’s not clear whether this has been implemented.

The fast food workers who took action were at the time represented by The Baker’s, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU). A representative for the union called the strike a “historic step”, that it would give employees its full support, and had previously seen a ballot of 95.7 per cent in favour of striking.

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Source : http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mcdonalds-staff-cry-victory-finally-11790744

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