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McDonald’s International Day of Action
June 10th, 2013 by Massimo

McDonald’s workers from over 30 countries joined on June 6 the International Day of Action to protest against the poor working conditions of numerous migrant workers at the franchised giant’s restaurant in Pennsylvania, US.
The National Guestworkers Alliance has joined guestworkers’ protests (click here and here for more) and together have decided to organize an action when parent company, while recognized violations, has refused meeting the workers.

Key demands were:
1.    That McDonald’s pay students back all the money they are owed, including the money they spent to come work for the company, unpaid overtime, and housing overcharges;
2.    That the McDonald’s franchisee offer full-time work to its U.S. workers, who are struggling with too few hours;
3.    That McDonald’s reveal all the guestworkers at its stores, sign an agreement guaranteeing their basic labor standards, including non-retaliation against workers who organize to stop abuse;
4.    That the U.S. State Department protect future J-1 students by barring McDonald’s franchisee Andy Cheung and labor supplier GeoVisions from the J-1 program.

The IUF and its affiliates have supported the action, organizing numerous demonstrations in different countries:

Belgium:
–    La Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique (FGTB HORVAL)

–    ACV-CSC (Voeding en Diensten)

Brazil:
–    Confederaçao Nacional dos Trabalhadores no Comèrcio e Serviços (CONTRACS)
–    Sindicato dos Trabalhadores em Gastronomia e Hospedagem de São Paulo e Região (SINTHORESP)

Egypt:
–    Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions (EFIT)

France:
–    Confédération Française Démocratique du Travail (CFDT)

Great Britain:
–    Unite the Union

Hong Kong:
–    Hong Kong Catering & Hotels Industries Employees General Union (CHIEGU)

India:
–    Hotel Employees Federation on India (HEFOI)

Indonesia:
–    Federation of Hotel, Restaurant, Plaza, Apartment, Catering and Tourism Workers’ Free Union (FSPM)

Ireland:
–    Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU)

New Zealand:
–    Unite Union

Pakistan:
–    Pakistan Hotel, Restaurant, Club, Tourism and Catering Allied Workers (PHRCTCAWF)

Philippines:
–    National Union of Workers in Hotel, Restaurant and Allied Industries (NUWHRAIN)
–    Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL)

South Korea:
–    Korean Federation of Private Service Workers’ Union (KFSU)

Thailand:
–    IUF Poultry Workers’ Rights Network

Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Uruguay:
–    REL-UITA

Others photos from different actions are available here


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