This video from the USA says about itself:
Protesters Arrested in Pay Fight at McDonald’s Headquarters
22 May 2014
Oak Brook, Illinois: Protesters were arrested after crossing a barricade outside McDonald’s headquarters on Wednesday, as hundreds demonstrated to call attention to the low pay earned by fast-food workers.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Friday 23rd May 2014
Employees told to work from home as protesters against fast-food industry exploitation face riot police in shadow of the golden arches
Over 2,000 activists demonstrated on Wednesday to call attention to the low pay plight of fast food workers.
The action preceded the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting yesterday, where the firm was due to face a grilling over issues including its executive pay packages and marketing to children.
McDonald’s closed a building and told head office employees to work from home as demonstrators blocked the entrance to the company’s campus.
They were confronted by dozens of police officers in riot gear who ordered protesters to disperse.
Protest organisers said about 100 McDonald’s workers who had travelled from around the country were arrested, along with community leaders and supporters.
Among them was Service Employees International Union (SEIU) president Mary Kay Henry who said in a statement released after her arrest that she wanted McDonald’s workers to know that her union members stood with them.
The SEIU has been providing financial and organisational support to the fast-food protests, which started in late 2012 in New York City and have spread to other cities and countries.
Outside its headquarters, McDonald’s worker Jessica Davis said: “I’m worried about not being able to pay my bills.”
She supports two young children and relies on public assistance and help from her family to get by, unable to make ends meet with the roughly $9 (£5.34) an hour she earns at a Chicago restaurant.
The federal minimum wage is $7.25 (£4.30) an hour, about $15,000 (£8,894) a year for a person who works a 40-hour week.But most fast-food workers are given far less time on the clock, in part because restaurant owners want to avoid paying overtime or benefits.
The NLRB ruled that meat sandwich purveyor McDonald’s is liable for workers’ rights violations.
McDonald’s workers from New York, Chicago and Los Angeles will travel to eight countries on three continents beginning Monday as part of their protest for higher wages: here.
NEW ZEALAND’S Unite Union reached an agreement with McDonald’s last week over ending zero hour contracts and other issues in dispute with the company: here.
MCDONALD’S TO FEEL THE HEAT “McDonald’s, Burger King and every other company that relies on a franchise business model just suffered the legal setback they’ve been fearing for years. The National Labor Relations Board ruled on Thursday that Browning Ferris Industries, a waste management company, qualifies as a ‘joint employer’ alongside one of its subcontractors. The decision effectively loosens the standards for who can be considered a worker’s boss under labor law, and its impact will be felt in any industry that relies on franchising or outsourcing work.” [Dave Jamieson, HuffPost]
‘WHAT I LEARNED WORKING FOUR YEARS AT MCDONALD’S’ “McDonald’s is gross and greasy. But my humiliation, and that of my friends and my family, wasn’t because I made burgers. It was because I was supposed to be better than that.” [HuffPost]
The Founder: Hollywood’s love affair with Ray Kroc and McDonald’s: here.