23 May 2014
US fast food strikers and supporters standing strong outside McDonald’s corporate shareholders’ meeting in Illinois, 21 May (Pic: Raise Up For 15 @RaiseUpfor15)
Following the 15 May strikes that hit 150+ cities across the US as the global day of action saw solidarity protests in over 30 countries, fast food workers and their supporters headed to Oak Brook in Illinois on Wednesday 21 May to demonstrate at a McDonald’s corporate shareholders event.
It was clear from events on this demonstration that the sheer scale of action on 15 May, a reflection of which was the widespread global media coverage and the fact the #fastfoodglobal was the number one trending topic on twitter around the world, had really rattled McDonald’s bosses.
All fast food workers did was to stand strong and continue to push their straightforward demands for $15 an hour and a union. Yet on the day, 137 were arrested–the majority of whom are fast food workers for their sit-in action.
But as many of the strikers there have described, the attempts to repress their campaign have only acted to embolden them and strengthen their resolve to keep fighting.
Posted from IUF website( http://www.iuf.org/w/?q=node%2F3356 )
KFC Thailand harasses workers for attending IUF 1st global fast food meeting
19-05-2014 Urgent ActionPrinter-friendly version
Only few days after her return from the 1st IUF International Fast Food Workers’ meeting in New York (click here for more) a union representative has been summoned and threatened with legal action from YUM! BRANDS’ managers, which owns famous fast food brands such as KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, for simply having attended that meeting.
This is not the first time that union members face brutal repression from the company. In 2011, three workers were terminated after they established a union and sought to bargain a collective agreement with KFC (read more here). The three workers were only reinstated (clickhere for more) by court order months later.
This harassment spanning three years demonstrates that Yum! Restaurant International (Thailand) does not recognize and respect the human right to freedom of association and collective bargaining and is in breach of its obligations under the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.