“McStrike” Union to Ballot JD Wetherspoon Workers on Industrial Action

The BFAWU to ballot Wetherspoons workers at two pubs in Brighton.

The BFAWU union today notified JD Wetherspoon that it is to ballot its members at two of its pubs in Brighton. BFAWU Members at “The Bright Helm”, and “The Post & Telegraph” will be balloted in a secret postal ballot.  The Bakers’ Union members will be balloted on their willingness to strike for £10 an hour and union recognition.

Chris Heppell, 29, a kitchen worker at the Post & Telegraph, Wetherspoons in Brighton, said:

“I've worked at Wetherspoons for 4 years. In that time I've struggled to survive on poverty wages and seen my colleagues’ battle to make ends meet. The McStrikers standing up for £10/hr and a union showed us that if we come together in a union we can make our voices heard. We've had enough of being underpaid and undervalued. Now is the time for all hospitality workers to rise up and demand the respect we all deserve.”

The Bakers’ Union was behind “the McStrike”, where McDonald’s workers made history by going on strike for the first time in September 2017 at two stores winning a ten year record pay rise, and then again at five stores on International Workers Day 2018 (01 May 2018).