Global Action Day against "Mcjob"
Repect Workers Fight for living wage $38

32 countries’ workers unite against Mcjob


McDonald, which has more than 35,000 stores in over 100 countries, is one of the biggest employers in the world. However, most of its jobs are low wages and precarious. Today, 15 May, more than 30 countries’ workers join the Global Action Day of IUF, to fight against poverty and injustice created by McDonald. We call for a reasonable living salary and work stability.

 

60% of Hong Kong stores give minimum wage


Catering and Hotel Industry Employees General Union (CHIEGU) is the affiliate of Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Union (HKCTU) and IUF. CHIEGU conducted a survey regarding wage and working conditions in April. 157 stores have been covered, almost two third of the all 237 stores in Hong Kong. The survey found that near 60% of interviewed stores pay minimum wage to new recruited workers. Only 7% of stores pay $34 HKD hourly, most of them are in remote or busy areas. Workers get pay rise of $1 HKD per year. It means only 3.3% pay rise per year.

 

Hourly rate
No. of stores
Overall %
30 
94
59.9%
31
15
9.6%
32
31
19.7%
33
6
3.8%
34
9
5.7%
35
1
0.6%
36
1
0.6%


157  

 

Workers of Hong Kong McDonald have no guarantee on working time, same as other parts of the world. Management ask workers to leave earlier when they are not needed. Therefore income of workers have not protection at all. Meanwhile, meal break is non paid too.

 

McJob: meaning low wage and precarious


In many countries, McDonald creates many low wage, flexible working time, lack of protection jobs. In the US, workers only get $7.25 USD minimum wage, this level is far from basic living standard. Even McDonald recommends workers to do two jobs in order to earn enough basic living. Furthermore, working time is flexible. Some workers can only work for few hours per week. In the UK, McDonald workers are under “zero-hour contract”, they do not know which day and how many hours they can work. This kind of job called “McJob”, which is low wage, flexible, lack of training and promotion. McDonald makes a big profit, but it is only base on suffering of the workers.

 

Even McDonald must obey the laws


It seems that McDonald only provides McJob all over the World. But it is not the truth, because in some countries, under better labour protection including laws and strong trade unions, McDonald must obey the laws and collective agreements. For example, in Brazil, companies are required to give minimum working hours to each worker. As McDonald violated the law, the penalty is 800 reals, equivalent to three month salary of an average wage worker. In Denmark, McDonald has signed collective agreement with trade union. The agreement protects the wage, working hours and other working condition. In Belgium, McDonald is fined as they did not wash uniform for the workers. These countries’ experience inspire us that, McJob can be eliminated by sufficient laws and trade union protection.

 

Globalaction against McJob


On 5 May, more than 20 countries’ delegates (including Hong Kong’s) met in New York, in order to discuss how to react McJob globally. Today 15 May 32 countries joined the global action. Protests conducted in New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Italy, Denmark, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Bermuda and many more countries. In US, workers in 150 cities hold strikes and protest. In Hong Kong, CHIEGU joins the action with other NGOs. We believe 15 May is only a beginning. There will be more global action days until McJob is eliminated.

 

Fight for living wage $38


As in Hong Kong, we the workers demand McDonald's to pay an hourly rate of $ 38. The union belives workers living in poverty is far from acceptable. Hence, the living wage standard is set according to the current poverty line established by the Government. Workers need to be paid at a hourly rate of $38 in order to cover basic living expenses and to have a decent life. We the workers in Hong Kong are ready to fight for living wage $38!

You may find more information about the on the IUF website http://www.iuf.org/w/?q=node/3340 and the United States Fastfoodforward mobile web http://fastfoodforward.org/.