Unite members from TGI Fridays in Milton Keynes, Covent Garden and Stratford City will mark their eighth 24 hour walkout tomorrow (Thursday 4 October) 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.

WHEN: Thursday 4 October 11:00-12:00
WHERE: Leicester Square WC2H. Speakers 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 tip’s 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. 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. 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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For more information please contact, Unite campaigns officer Chantal Chegrinec on 07774146777

Note to editors

Uber Eats & Deliveroo couriers and have decided to join McDonald’s, TGI Fridays and Wetherspoons workers in taking action on Thursday 4 October. Uber Eats couriers, as part of the IWW Couriers Network and joined by IWGB and GMB have decided to not log-on in protest over falling drop rates. They are demanding £5 per drop & £1 per mile as a minimum rate.

Fast food workers in the US will also be going on strike between 2-4 Oct. in tandem with strikes and rallies by airport, hospital, child-care and higher education workers, and other low paid workers. The strikes will be centered in cities in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, California and Connecticut.

Times and Places of Actions:

A full list of solidarity actions and strikes called will be kept updated here: www.waronwant.org/ffs410

  • 00:01-01:00 Brighton: Midnight Picket Brighton: Workers at the two Wetherspoons pubs going on strike will rally with community supporters.  
  • 08:00-09:00 Brixton Morning Picket Brixton Workers at the McDonald’s will rally with community supporters.
  • 11:00-12:00 Leicester Square rally WC2H
  • 17:00 Cardiff UberEats Strike: strikers will meet at 17:00 Queens St McDonald’s
  • 12:00 Glasgow UberEats strike strikers will rally @ George square,
  • 17:00 London Uber Eats Strike: meeting point / Uber demonstration: Meet 5pm Uber HQ at Aldgate Tower.
  • 18:00 Glasgow UberEats strike 18:00 evening rally @ George square
  • 18:30 Brighton rally: Community rally in support of striking Wetherspoons workers. [Meeting at Clock Tower]
  • More information on the coordinated strike can be found here: https://fastfoodrights.wordpress.com/
  • Details of the IWW Couriers Network Strike can be found here: https://iww.org.uk/news/iww-couriers-network-why-we-strike/
  • #SpoonStrike: JD Wetherspoons workers were inspired by the McStrike and joined the BFAWU. This will be the first time Wetherspoons’ workers have been on strike in the company’s history.
  • TGI Fridays #AllEyesOnTGIs: This is the eighth strike by workers at TGI Fridays restaurants in Covent Garden and Milton Keynes, since 18 May 2018. Workers from Stratford City are walking out for the second time.
  • They have come together to say enough to low pay and tip theft, and are striking over the company’s refusal to listen to their concerns after a change in tip policy left them £250 a month worse off, and to challenge unfair practices that cheat them out of money they’re rightfully owed.TGI Fridays workers are members of Unite.
  • #McStrike: 04 September 2018, McDonald’s workers organised in the BFAWU made history when members at two McDonald’s stores went on strike for £10 an hour, an end to zero hour contracts and for their right a union, winning a ten year record pay rise. 01 May 2018, (International Workers Day) workers at five McDonald’s stores went out on strike.
  • The BFAWU is the largest independent trade union in the food sector in the British Isles and spearheads the McStrike and Fast Food Rights campaign. They aim to ensure fast food workers have the right to a fair wage and decent working conditions across the country.  

Unite represents workers in Britain and Ireland with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.