McDonald’s faces first UK strikes since opening in Britain in 1974


McDonald’s faces its first strikes in the UK with workers at two of its British branches voting for industrial action over zero-hours agreements and allegations of bullying in their working environment.

Employees at the fast food restaurants in Crayford were balloted after allegations the firm failed to provide job security by not giving promises to stop controversial zero-hour contracts, the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) said.

Union officials also stated workers were troubled about grievances methods and alleged that some felt they were being penalized for seeking a union.

Workers at the establishments also want wage to be raised to £10 an hour, up from the minimum pay of £7.50 for employees aged 25 and above. BFAWU said its battle for increased pay followed on from a fight in McDonald’s home country of the US, where workers are protesting for an increased rate of $15 an hour.

The vote was in support of strikes, obtaining 95pc of votes, and calls for the industrial plot will be announced shortly.

BFAWU national president, Ian Hodson, announced: “We fully support the historic decision by these workers to stand up and fight back against McDonald’s, which has had countless opportunities to resolve grievances by offering workers a fair wage and acceptable working conditions.”

If the strikes go pushes through – which will be restricted to just the two stirred establishments, and not the 1,250 branches the group has in the UK – it will be the first time the firm has experienced industrial action in Britain since 1974, the year Mcdonald’s first opened in the country.

“A small number of our employees representing less than 0.01pc of our workforce are intending to strike in two of our restaurants,” a McDonald’s spokesman said in a statement. “As per the terms of the ballot, the dispute is solely related to our internal grievance procedures.”