Fast Food Shut Down #FFS410 - Show your Solidarity on 04 October

1 October 2018 - 9:00am

On Thursday 04 October  2018 workers at McDonald’s, TGI Fridays and Wetherspoons are going on strike. They are demanding better working conditions across the hospitality sector: £10 an hour, an end to precarious contracts and for their right to a union to be respected. 
The IWW Couriers Network, supported by IWGB and GMB London Region have called for a UK wide strike of food delivery couriers on the same day. Uber Eats and Deliveroo couriers will strike in London, Glasgow, Cardiff, Bristol, Newcastle,  Plymouth and Southampton. They are demanding £5 per drop and £1 per mile as a minimum rate. Uber drivers and other gig-economy workers are also planning solidarity actions. 
Fast food workers in the US are also going on strike between Oct. 2 and Oct. 4. They are striking in tandem with strikes and rallies by airport, hospital, child-care and higher education workers, and other low paid workers. International demonstrations for fast food workers rights will take place in Chile, Colombia, USA, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Philippines and Japan as part of #FastFoodGlobal. Fast food workers from four continents will be in the UK to show solidarity with striking UK workers.
Precarious workers face the constant threat of losing the hours they need to survive. Showing solidarity and mobilising community support is important as it puts pressure on their employers to respect their rights at work, including the rights to strike and join a trade union.

Rally In Leicester Square - London (11am)

McDonald’s, TGI Fridays, and Wetherspoons workers are getting together for a rally in Leicester Square to demand change across the hospitality industry. If you can attend, please do bring flags, banners and spoons. 

Support Striking Workers Near You. 

Some of the striking workers have called demonstrations and rallies near where they are striking.  If you live near by please do go along to show your support. 

Brighton Midnight Picket – 00:0101:00  Facebook Event

Brixton Morning Picket – London 08:0009:00  Facebook Event

Leicester Square – London 11:00  Facebook event

Brighton Evening Rally – 18:30   Facebook event

Show your Solidarity on Social Media

You can show your solidarity with Wetherspoons strikers by ‘crossing spoons’. Take a picture of yourself, or a group holding crossed spoons and share it on social media with the hashtag #SpoonStrike. You can also use the hashtag #FFS0410.

Get Updates on Social Media:

You can follow the events on social media: 

#FFS410 – the hashtag for the day in the UK
#FastFoodGlobal – to follow actions taking place around the world

Join An Action: 

Uber Eats Strikes: 
  • Brighton – Uber Eats Strike
  • Bristol – UberEats strike – 18:00–20:00, McDonald's Broadmead – Facebook Event
  • Cardiff – UberEats Strike –  Picket: 17:00-20:00, McDonald’s, 14 Queen St, Cardiff  (16:00 – Banner Making) – Facebook Event
  • Glasgow UberEats strike – Facebook Event
    • 12:00 midday rally @ George square
    • 18:00 evening rally @ George square
  • London
    • Uber Eats Strike – 17:00–21:00
    • Rally at Uber HQ  – 17:30, Uber 1 Aldgate Tower, 2 Leman St, London E1 8FA (By Aldgate East Station) – Facebook Event
    • Solidarity Pickets (Come down and make some noise)
      • Holborn: 12 High Holborn, London WC1V 6JS
      • Clapham: 130–134 Clapham High St, London SW4 7UH
      • Bethnal Green: 436 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 0DJ
      • North Finchley: 772/774 High Rd, North Finchley, London N12 9QH
  • Newcastle – Uber Eats Strike Picket –17:00, McDonald's Grainger St and Northumberland St
  • Plymouth – UberEats Strike
  • Southampton – Uber Eats Strike
Solidarity Actions: 
  • Aberystwyth – Solidarity Action (Details tbc)
  • Accrington – Solidarity action in support of “Fast Food Shutdown – #FFS410” – 17:00–18:00, McDonald's, Accrington
  • Birmingham – IWW Solidarity Action (leafleting public and couriers) – 17:00 Onwards, 4 Cherry Street, Birmingham, B2 5AL
  • Bradford – IWW Solidarity Action – 18:00, McDonaldsForster Square Bradford 
  • Chester – "Solidarity Action" – 10:30–12:00, Wetherspoons The Square Bottle, 78 Foregate Street, Chester, CH1 1JG (Organised by Momentum Cheshire West with Unite Community)  
  • Leeds – "Solidarity with the #FastFoodStrike" – 16:30–17:30, McDonald's Leeds Briggate LS1 6 (Organised by Leeds Socialist Students & Young Socialists Yorkshire) – Facebook event
  • London
    • Camden – "Camden Town Solidarity Protest with Striking Fast Food Workers" –15:30–16:30, McDonald's, 112 Camden High St, Camden Town, London NW1 0LU  (Organised by Momentum Camden and Camden Unite the Community) – Facebook Event
    • Kentish Town – "Kentish Town Solidarity Protest with Striking Workers" – 08:30–09:30 (Organised by Momentum Camden (Kentish Town)) – Facebook Event
    • Kilburn – McStrike Solidarity Action – 18:00–19:00, Kilburn McDonalds, 127-129 Kilburn High Rd, London, NW6 6JJ
  • Manchester – IWW Solidarity Action & "Solidarity with McDonald's, TGI Fridays and Wetherspoons Strikes" – 17:00, McDonald's, Picadilly Gardens Manchester – Facebook Event
  • Newcastle – "McStrike Solidarity Event" – 12:00–13:30, McDonald's Restaurant, 64-70 Northumberland Street, NE17 Newcastle upon Tyne (Organised by  Momentum Tyne and Wear) – Facebook Event
  • Sheffield – IWW Solidarity Action (Details tbc)
  • Sheffield – "Strike Solidarity: Call to Action!" – 11:30–13:30, Sheffield Town Hall, Sheffield (Organised by Sheffield Momentum) – Facebook Event
  • Sheffield – Solidarity With The #FFS410 – 17:45–19:45, McDonald's, 20-22 High Street, Sheffield S12 – Facebook Event
  • Swansea – IWW Solidarity Action – 16:30, Castle Gardens, Swansea
    Wrexham – IWW/Unite Community Solidarity Action – 14:00, McDonald's/Wetherspoons 
  • York – (Details tbc)
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Organise Your Own Action: 

If you want to organise your own action, please do. Think creatively and share what you do on social media using the hashtag #FFS410.

If you have footage or photos that you're willing to share freely, you can upload it for redistribution to the media here. [] 

Any action you take should always be supportive of the workers taking action. If you engage with workers at any workplace, respect the fact that they may be very busy so be courteous and reassuring. Do not make their job any harder (E.g. do not make a mess that somone has to clean up) and respect the fact they may not have the time or desire to speak to you.

Liverpool Time for 10 organised this action that may inspire you: 

Donate to the Strike Fund: 

You can donate to the McDonald's Workers' Strike fund here.

You can donate to the Wetherspoons Workers' Strike Fund here.


Fast Food Rights Website Updates: You can see updates at the Fast Food Rights Website here.

Spoon Worker: A group called Notes from Below have written a bulletin for distribution to Wetherspoons workers. You can download it here.

BFAWU Leaflet for #FFS410 (PDF)

Read Why Workers are striking: 

Huff Post: Wetherspoon's Strike: Why Staff Are Taking Action For First Time

McDonald’s Cannot Be Allowed To Take Advantage Of Its Workers Any Longer. It’s Time To McStrike

McStrike Logo: 

SpoonStrike Logo: 



Please call on McDonald’s CEO, Paul Pomroy, to recognise the McStrikers’ union.

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