Protests will take place globally as part of a day of action against poverty pay and insecure work
In Britain, the day’s focus will be in Wakefield, where a protest will assemble at 12 noon outside Wakefield Cathedral, other protests are being organised around the country.
The action has been organised by Fast Food Rights campaign, which was set up by the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) along with John McDonnell MP and campaigns including Youth Fight for Jobs. The GMB is also supporting the action
The protests will launch the petition for a £10 an hour minimum wage, see: https://campaign.goingtowork.org.uk/petitions/raise-the-minimum-wage-to-ps10-for-all-workers
Richard Shattock, 24 year’s old, a fast food worker and Youth Fight for Jobs campaigner said:
“On 14 April I’ll be joining protests demanding a £10 an hour minimum wage. Like thousands more, I’ve been inspired by the struggles of Fast food workers in the US, demanding $15 an hour and a union. Every day, I flip burgers, serve customers, clean tables and keep money coming into our cash registers. But the vast majority of the work I and my colleagues do goes to put money into the pockets of the bosses.
While the company makes multimillion pound profits, I am forced to scratch a living on a pitiful minimum wage with the added insecurity of a zero-hour contract constantly hanging over my head. What’s more, the government has recently decided that my work can be rewarded at knock-down rates by excluding under-25s from their so-called National Living Wage. These protests are about saying workers deserve better. And we’re prepared to get organised and join trade unions in order to fight for it. We’re calling on all those who support us to sign our newly launched petition, but more importantly, to join us and get involved in our campaign”
Protests: (please also see fastfoodrights.wordpress.com
Wakefield: Meet 12 noon at Wakefield Cathedral
Hackney, meet Stoke Newington, Church Street. 3:30
Hammersmith, meet outside Lyric 4:30
Kingston, meet outside Kingston station 1:30
Stratford, meet Stratford shopping centre, meeting 4:30
For more detail about the events ring 07540189052
Leicester: Protest at the Clocktower in the city centre from 4pm to 6pm.
Call Lucy Nuttall 0759 6509277
Cardiff: 5pm, at the statue of Nye Bevan, Queen St