The biggest pay increase in a decade has been agreed by McDonald’s for its workers across the UK.
The decision comes after last year’s strikes – a British first for the firm in the UK – that saw staff from two branches stage a 24-hour protest.
Only company-owned McDonald’s restaurants are affected by the raise, reports Mirror Online , but pay will increase in all company-owned eateries.
The fast food chain will boost pay packets from January 22 this year, with levels decided by position, region, and age.
Workers at a branch in Cambridge, and another in Crayford, south east London, made history on Monday, September 4, after repeated claims of poor working conditions, zero-hour contracts, and low pay. Some staff talked about “extreme stress” and even “bullying”.
An employee in the 21-24 category, who asked the national paper to remain anonymous, said: “We won this. Biggest pay rise for 10 years! If 0.001% going on strike can win this imagine what more can do!
“Pay will be raised, with some crew over 25 even getting £10 an hour!
“Everyone’s pay has gone up. It’s not loads, but it’s a win! My pay was around £7.45 and now it will be £7.95. It’s the biggest raise in ten years.”
McDonald’s recommends starting rates to managers. For perspective, under 18s currently get around £5.10 per hour, while those over 25 usually start on £7.60.
McDonald’s management had earlier in the year promised to give permanent positions to workers on zero-hour contracts. It’s not clear whether this has been implemented.
The fast food workers who took action were at the time represented by The Baker’s, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU). A representative for the union called the strike a “historic step”, that it would give employees its full support, and had previously seen a ballot of 95.7 percent in favour of striking.
McDonald’s employs around 85,000 people in the UK.
A spokesman said: “Reward and recognition for our people and their contribution is a key priority, and to ensure we can attract and retain the best people, we regularly review pay and benefits.
“While our franchisees set their own pay rates, we have recommended an increase across all age bands for our hourly employees to be implemented from January 22.”
Source: Derby Telegraph