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Protesters congregate over zero hour contracts

05 September 2013

A protest outside McDonald's' UK head office takes place today, following general union GMB's claim that more than 83,000 staff are on zero hour contracts.

Along with GMB members, Tom Watson, Labour MP for West Bromwich East, will present an 'ASBO' to McDonald's senior managers at its UK Head Office in Finchley. According to GMB, flexible wages are 'not much use to anyone except McDonald's'.

In a statement, GMB said: “Last month it was reported that ‘McDonald’s has admitted 90% of its UK employees are on zero-hours contracts. The admission indicates the fast-food chain is potentially the largest zero-hours employer in the UK’s private sector, with 82,800 contracted staff not guaranteed work or a stable income.’”.

GMB added that the McDonald's website states: “At McDonald's UK, we pride ourselves on being a flexible employer and for many of our employees that’s why they have chosen us as their place of work…. One of the ways we can offer a flexible work schedule is through our zero hours contracts and all of our hourly paid employees are on these contracts.”

Watson said: "This is what joint union and Labour campaigning looks like in the future."

Martin Smith GMB national organiser, added: “McDonald's deserve an anti social behaviour order for offering zero hours contracts to nearly 83,000 staff in the UK. We can't rebuild our economy on McJobs. Not many people can make ends meet on a zero hours contracts. Many McDonald's staff rely on benefits to survive. Rent payments aren't flexible and neither are gas bills or the weekly shopping bill so flexible wages are not much use to anyone except McDonald's."

The protest takes place today at 11am.

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