Crayford McDonald’s staff vote ‘overwhelmingly’ in favour of a strike amid ‘bullying and sexual harassment’ claims
PUBLISHED: 08:59 21 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:12 23 August 2017
Staff at a Cambridge franchise have also voted to go on strike
Claims of “bullying and sexual harassment’ from staff at Crayford’s McDonald’s have sparked strike action at the fast-food chain.
On Friday members of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) voted overwhelmingly in favour of a strike at the restaurant, as well as another in Cambridge.
“In Crayford, people have been having their hours cut in favour of others preferred by the managers, while staff have also complained of bullying and sexual harassment” said the union’s national president, Ian Hodson.
“We’ve had complaints that one former employee is now living in his car because he couldn’t afford to pay the rent due to lost hours.
“McDonald’s has had countless opportunities to resolve grievances by offering workers a fair wage and acceptable working conditions. This is a call for change.”
Workers are said to also be calling for a pay rise to offer them £10 per hour, the UK National Living Wage stands at £7.50 for workers aged 25 and over, and £7.05 for those aged 21 to 24.
Following a trial earlier this year, McDonald’s is set to offer workers a choice of flexible or fixed contracts offering a minimum number of guaranteed hours.
If action goes ahead as expected on September 4, it would be the first strike on British soil for the US fast-food giant.
Around 30 staff are expected to picket outside both restaurants, with a rally outside Westminster at 11am.
We have approached McDonald’s over the claims of “sexual harassment and bullying”, but so far they have only issued this statement: “We can confirm that, following a ballot process, the BFAWU have indicated that a small number of our employees representing less that 0.01 per cent of our workforce are intending to strike in two of our restaurants.
“As per the terms of the ballot, the dispute is solely related to our internal grievance procedures.
“We are proud of our people at McDonald’s, they are at the heart of all we do and we work hard to ensure that our teams are treated fairly.
“Our internal processes underpin that commitment.”