Councillor Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council, and other Labour councillors and activists are set to join the McStrike picket line tomorrow at 0800 on Newmarket Road in support of the striking McDonald workers.
Over 95% of workers at 5 stores voted in April for strike action. The BFAWU members are calling for £10 an hour, a choice of fixed-hour contracts, the end of unequal pay for young workers, and for union recognition.
Councillor Herbert said: “Labour councillors believe that McDonald’s staff deserve a decent wage for the work they do which often involves long and unsocial hours and their younger workers deserve to be paid equally with all colleagues for the same work. The company pay structure is complex but a move to £10 per hour as the minimum would be a real sign that the management recognise the contribution their staff make to the company and that the need to be paid properly to be able to afford housing costs in cities like Cambridge and London.”
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, said: “I fully supported the McDonald strikers last September and am fully in support of their courageous action now, and I will be raising their case in the House of Commons on Tuesday. Their efforts in September showed that, with support from your union, workers can be heard by the bosses at the top. Those on strike are standing up for all McDonald’s staff in looking for better pay and conditions and I hope that management listen to them.”