Ewan McGaughey on McStrike: "McDonalds on par with the Qatari government"





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Published on Sep 5, 2017

McStrike interview, Dr Ewan McGaughey, King's College, London, on the Al Jazeera Newshour, 4 September 2017, with Julie MacDonald.

"The CEO Steve Easterbrook gets up on New Year's Day, works half the day, finishes at lunch and takes the rest of the year for a holiday, and he will have already earned more money than some of these workers in the whole year."

"McDonalds has a workplace and labour relations ethic that is about on par with the Qatari government (excuse the excellent staff at Al Jazeera). It doesn't tolerate collective bargaining. It doesn't tolerate strike action. It belittles people who want to take action to try and get a fair day's wage for a fair day's work. It's very sad to see. If they want to end the McStrike all they need to do is McBargain."

"Labour rights have been eroded over the last 30 to 40 years. What's really needed is not just for people to have a better minimum wage, but for there to be mechanisms for fair wages, and that means sectoral collective bargaining, and a proactive government approach to encourage good fair wages through sectoral collective agreements."


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