Comment: McDonald’s CEO firing

4 November 2019 - 1:15pm
Press release


Liz McKean Director of Campaigns, Policy and Programmes at War on Want responding to news of McDonald’s CEO firing following disclosure that he’d had a (consensual) relationship with a McDonald’s employee in violation of McDonald’s internal policy said:

“For too many McDonald’s workers, the abuse of power by managers is an everyday experience – including for many women who have experienced sexual harassment and abuse. These workers will be wishing that McDonald’s took the abuse of power in their stores just as seriously, by properly addressing issues such as sexual harassment throughout the business.

“It would be wrong to eulogise a CEO who has built McDonald’s profits on the back of exploiting workers, denying their right to a union, dodging taxes, and creating a workplace culture where abuses such as sexual harassment thrive. In the UK, the US, and many other countries, McDonald’s workers have resorted to strike action to try and get their employer to listen to their concerns: an end to sexual harassment, a proper wage and recognition of their right to join a union. The new CEO should prioritise listening to workers and responding to their concerns.”

Notes to editors:

For further information and comment please contact: TJ Chuah, Communications Officer, War on Want,, 020 7324 5065

Latest news

Live music from WARA & Kallemi

7 March 2020 - 8:00pm

Palestina Latina Takeover

Read more

Hypocrisy at the World Economic Forum 2020

21 January 2020 - 4:15pm

Many of those gathered at Davos are the very people blocking climate action

Read more

Join the conversation

Many of the people gathered at are the very people benefiting from the crises of climate and inequality.… 16 hours 7 min ago
Live music event just launched! War on Want, and Present WARA & Kallemi. A dynamic double b… 19 hours 27 min ago
Abuse of Palestinian children in Israeli detention is abhorrent and routine. But the transfer of *any* political pr… 1 day 16 hours ago