How can you recognize a fast food worker anywhere in the world? By the scars on our arms.
Millions of workers are employed by the Fast Food industry globally, on hundreds of thousands of locations. Despite huge growth in numbers of workers and profitability, the sector has chosen to prioritize profits over people with dangerous and abusive working conditions. For many young workers, it’s our first job and one that leaves us scarred for life.
Fast Food workers deserve a safe workplace. And we deserve it now.
- Small kitchens, abusive work cultures, and precarious working conditions have created a system problem of sexual harassment in the Fast Food sector
- Young workers with older managers and a culture of “the customer is always right” create an unhealthy power dynamic which increases the risk of sexual harassment and gender-based violence
- No contracts, zero-hour contracts, fixed-term contracts and other insecure work arrangements make workers dependent on management’s good will, making it harder to report cases of sexual harassment
- Toxic corporate culture in fast food companies has made it possible for sexual harassment and gender-based violence to continue unpunished with workers fearing retaliation for speaking up
What can workers do?
Fast Food workers have the right to safe working conditions, free from hazards and harassment, and with reasonable workloads. Fast Food workers cannot wait to secure the rights and working conditions we deserve.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS:
Form a union with your co-workers! Workers have the right to form a union
Click here to find an affiliate in your country!
Workers have the right to a safe and healthy workplace with a reasonable workload
Workers have the right to a workplace free from sexual harassment and gender-based violence
What can Governments do?
Fast Food chains are often the entry point for young workers to the labour market with the standards established in this sector shaping workers expectations throughout their careers. Protecting young workers at the beginning of their careers helps to ensure a safe and healthy future workforce. And given that Fast Food companies turned a profit even during COVID-19, the industry can afford to start workers off right.
Support the call to make health and safety a fundamental right. Negotiations will happen at the International Labour Conference in 2022. We have to build support now
Ratify ILO Convention 190 on violence and harassment in the world of work