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McDonald's workers escalate campaign - Hot summer to begin

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The world's biggest fast food corporation McDonald's is facing a summer of strikes, pickets and a boycott as 1300 union members escalate their campaign in the wake of yesterdays conference of McDonald's bosses refusing to lift pay rates or offer the same security of hours that Restaurant Brands union members get. Unite has set up a web page for workers to share stories of work at McD's.

As company bosses met at the Hyatt Hotel, around 100 strikers from across Auckland and Hamilton rallied outside Queen Street McDonald's before marching on the conference. Angry workers clashed with cops and security guards until a bus parked in front of the protest was moved. 'Ronald' was spared burning after the company agreed a delegation could address the conference. After the delegation entered the Hotel, a breakaway march headed back to Queen Street, where the door was blocked for half-an-hour by a rowdy crowd of workers and a security guard attacked picketing workers.'Ronald' will now accompany workers on picket-lines over the summer.

In Wellington union crew walked off the job for the first time at Lambton Quay and turned hundreds of supportive customers away at the door during the lunch rush.

More: Unite Media Release | Maori Party-Do you want wages with your fries? | Company Profits vs. Wages | Message from world's first McDonald's Striker Photos: 1 | 2 Video: 1 | 2

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Re: McDonald's workers escalate campaign - Hot summer to begin

Greens co-leader Russel Norman shuns invitation to address striking McDonald's workers:

http://workersparty.org.nz/2008/11/06/greens-leader-fails-workers/

Re: McDonald's workers escalate campaign - Hot summer to begin

If the Sean Rahui who wrote the piece about being in the first McDonalds strike ever, is the same guy who once was and could still be a PSA organiser, he has a history of extremely anti union behaviour. If it is the same guy i am concerned at seeing him involved in an awesome grass roots campaign.

Re: McDonald's workers escalate campaign - Hot summer to begin

Why don't they just all resign?

It seems rather simple, if they don't offer you enough money just leave en mass and find new jobs.

Re: McDonald's workers escalate campaign - Hot summer to begin

Good on ya's. Bloody good show. Nice to hear some good news from courageous people. Blessed Be

Re: McDonald's workers escalate campaign - Hot summer to begin

Leaving en masse could be an interesting move, but leaving individually makes little difference. These places thrive on high turnover, and most people on (or around) the minimum wage will have heaps of jobs in their working life.

Re: McDonald's workers escalate campaign - Hot summer to begin

i hate mcdonald's how about you? do you know what things go into their burger .