Striking McDonalds’ workers took part in marches and pickets in Auckland, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin today, many speaking to the crowds and to the media about the hardship of living with insecure work and income.
In Auckland 300 workers and supporters (many from other unions) marched up Queen Street, stopping to congratulate workers at Burger King and Starbucks stores who will have secure hours within months and picketing McDonalds and Wendy’s stores.
Support from the public was huge, with many bystanders stopping to wish the workers good luck and expressing disgust at McDonalds failure to commit to ending zero hours.
In Wellington around 150 workers and supporters gathered outside a central city restaurant, convincing many potential customers to eat elsewhere.
Palmerston North saw a community picket of the Rangitikei Street McDonalds, with union organiser Bonita Belworthy gathering with 30 workers and supporters to let the local McDonalds’ franchisee know that public want them to abandon the contracts now.
Dunedin and Christchurch both had great turn-out on a cold evening to finish off a huge day of action.
Rallies targeted McDonalds restaurants after negotiations broke down yesterday. McDonalds and Wendy’s are the only major fast food chains to not have reached agreement with Unite Union on ending zero hours.
Thanks to everyone who participated today.
Here are some links to some of the media if you missed it.
AUDIO: STRIKES AT MCDONALD'S SITES TODAY OVER ZERO-HOUR CONTRACTS
ZB Radio with Mike Hoskings:
Mike Treen: Union strike
Chris Hutton: McDonald's Strike
Gerard Hehir on Paul Henry Show (National Radio and TV breakfast show)