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McDonald's Korea union member dismissed for fast food activism

24 November 2014 Urgent Action
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Gahyun Lee was dismissed from her job at a McDonald's outlet in Yeokgok, Gyeonggi Province on September 15 following her visit to Los Angeles earlier that month to support the national action by US fast food workers. CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE to McDonald's Korea.

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Management had previously warned her about union activity in May - citing a phone call from the head office - after she denounced wage and scheduling manipulation and unsafe workplace practices at a May 15 rally in support of global fast food workers (Gahyun is speaking in the photo above). Management refused to provide her with an explanation of why her contract was terminated, instead telling her to reapply for the job. Her application was rejected.

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On November 20, the Arbeit Workers' Union (which organizes precarious workers) and supporters demonstrated at McDonald's in solidarity with union member Gahyun and will be further publicizing her case. You can support them - CLICK HERE TO SEND A MESSAGE to McDonald's Korea corporate management calling on the company to reinstate Gahyun Lee, recognize union rights and representation and enter into good faith talks with the union over unfair practices.