LONDON: Employees at two restaurants, Cambridge and Crayford, voted to take industrial action over concerns about working conditions and the use of zero-hour contracts.
They also wanted a wage increase to at least £10 an hour and were keen to be allowed to form a trade union as employees of the company, according to The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU).
In a statement the BFAWU said: ‘Workers have found themselves living on low wages with no guarantee of hours.
‘This has been viewed by some as punishment for joining a union, and has seen employees struggle to meet their rent payments, whilst some have even lost their homes.’
The UK employees may have been inspired by their US counterparts who have been campaigning to be paid $15 (£11.65) an hour.
At the moment the UK National Living Wage stands at £7.50 for workers aged 25 and over, and £7.05 for those aged 21 to 24.
Ian Hodson, BFAWU national president, added: ‘McDonald’s has had countless opportunities to resolve grievances by offering workers a fair wage and acceptable working conditions. This is a call for change.’