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Mass show of solidarity

From TGI Fridays to McDonald’s and Wetherspoons, hospitality workers rally for better pay and union rights
Chantal Chegrinec, Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Unite members from TGI Fridays in Milton Keynes, Covent Garden and Stratford City will mark their eighth 24-hour walkout tomorrow (October 4) by joining with striking workers from McDonald’s and Wetherspoons for a historic rally in London’s Leicester Square to demand a better deal for hospitality workers.


The rally will take place in Leicester Square WC2H from 11am-12pm. Speakers will include shadow chancellor John McDonnell and TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady.


The strikers, who have come together to call for £10 an hour and union rights, will be joined by fast food and gig economy workers from across the UK and abroad in taking action tomorrow in a mass show of solidarity.


The TGI Fridays strike is over a change in tips policy which has left waiting staff £250 a month worse off and the company’s continued refusal to hear their grievances.


Speaking ahead of the rally Unite national officer Rhys McCarthy said, “This is an incredibly exciting time to be part of the trade union movement. Hospitality workers are finding their voice and their power in the union.


“These workers have had enough of low pay and insecure work,” he added. “They will not stand by and let their bosses pocket their tips nor cheat them out of money they’re rightfully owed.


“They are demanding not only respect but better pay and union rights, because they know that by standing together they can win. These young workers are leading a growing movement against low pay and insecure work in the hospitality sector and across the gig economy. Unite stands right by their side.


“Only this week, Unite’s ‘fair tips’ campaign won an important promise from this government to stop employers taking a cut of workers’ tips,” McCarthy went on to say. “We will hold the government to that pledge.


“We are calling on TGI Fridays to get around the table to find a sensible solution to this dispute. These workers deserve so much better from TGI Fridays’ bosses.”

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