Fast Food Rights

War on Want has long fought for the rights of workers.

War on Want stands with fast food workers in the UK, and the US, in the global struggle for a living wage, better working conditions and the right to join a union. We're proud to offer our solidarity to the Hungry for Justice campaign in the UK, and the US Fight For 15 campaign.  

For too long, workers in the fast food industry have faced exploitation, while the likes of McDonald’s dodge their taxes and profit from the misery of working people. As McDonald's siphons off its profits to tax havens, its workers are paid poverty wages and forced to tolerate the uncertainty of zero-hour contracts.  

It’s time to put workers’ rights on the menu at McDonald’s.

More info on the campaigns can be found here: 

HungryForJustice The multi billion profits of the fast food industry are based on the super exploitation of workers

 

Fight for $15 Fast food workers deserve $15 an hour and a union so they can pay their rent and support their families

 

End Poverty Pay: £10 now

'Shut it Down!'

McDonald's €1 Billion tax dodge

McDonald’s is one of the world’s most recognised brands, with 36,000 stores serving approximately 69 million customers every day. The McDonald’s system employs 1.9 million people. McDonald's is the largest fast food company in Europe, with 7,850 stores.

While McDonald’s portrays itself as a vital provider of jobs its workers often experience precarious, low-wage work with little prospect  advancement, meanwhile, its shady tax affairs see it continue to avoid paying its fair share.

Following War on Want's report into the fast food giant's deliberate avoidance of over €1 billion in corporate taxes in Europe over the five year period, 2009-2013, the European Commission recently announced an investigation into McDonald's tax arrangements.

Ironically, more than 56,000 tax inspectors have been cut throughout the EU at precisely the moment they are most needed to investigate companies like McDonald’s. 

Read Unhappy Meal - €1 Billion in Tax Avoidance on the Menu

Demand Tax Transparency Now!

ASK YOUR MP TO END PRECARIOUS CONTRACTS

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Speaking ahead of the Supreme Court hearing on the ‘Pimlico Plumbers’ Gig Economy Case, Owen Espley Labour Rights campaigner at War on Want said:

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