McDonald's this week experienced its first strike since opening in the UK in 1974. Around 40 staff walked out of the chain at two restaurants in Cambridge and Crayford.
A ballot resulted in favour of industrial action over concerns over pay and zero hours contracts.
The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union, said staff are demanding a £10 an hour wage and more secure working hours, alongside union recognition.
McDonald's said in a statement:
As announced in April this year, together with our franchisees, we are providing our people with the option of a guaranteed hour contract, and all restaurants will have these contracts in place by the end of 2017.
McDonald's U.K. and its franchisees have delivered three pay rises since April 2016, this has increased the average hourly pay rate by 15 per cent.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a statement:
Our party offers support and solidarity to the brave McDonald’s workers, who are making history today. They are standing up for workers’ rights by leading the first ever strike at McDonald’s in the UK.
Their demands – an end to zero-hours contracts by the end of the year, union recognition and a £10 per hour minimum wage – are just, and should be met.
The strike was also discussed on Twitter using the hashtag #McStrike.
Solidarity to all of the McDonalds workers on strike for the first time in UK history #McStrike
— Amelia Womack | Green Party Deputy Leader (@Amelia Womack | Green Party Deputy Leader)
Solidarity to the #McStrike workers taking action today. Time for @McDonaldsUK to pay up.