Trade union campaigners gathered on London's Oxford Street for a tour of fast food restaurants and coffee shops as part of the new "Fast Food Rights" campaign, highlighting low pay and zero-hours contracts in the fast food industry.
Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) President Ian Hodson addresses activists outside McDonald's on Oxford Street
Backed by the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), the campaign held flash protests outside Burger King, McDonald's, and Costa Coffee as union organisers went into the stores to speak to staff.
The campaign takes inspiration from the recent fast food workers' movement in the USA, and the "Supersize My Pay" movement of fast food workers in New Zealand in 2006-7. It is also backed by John McDonnell MP, who also participated in the 15 February day of action. Similar protests were organised in Sheffield and Brighton.
A follow-up meeting is planned at the University of London Union on Monday 24 February. Unite the Resistance, run by the SWP, and the National Shop Stewards' Network and Youth Fight for Jobs, run by the Socialist Party, also sponsor the campaign.
Speakers from Unite (New Zealand), the union which organised the "Supersize My Pay" campaign, will be speaking at the New Unionism 2014 conference, sponsored by Workers' Liberty and the IWGB University of London branch. For background to the "Supersize My Pay" movement, see this interview with Unite NZ Director Mike Treen.