“Fast Food Shutdown – #FFS410” Thursday 04 October: Actions across UK and the Globe

  • Growing number of workers come out in support of hospitality strikes on 4 October
  • More Unions announce decision to join the BFAWU, War on Want and Unite in campaigning for workers’ rights and ending poverty pay on 04 October
  • Locations and timings of strikes and solidarity actions across the UK have been released

Fast food workers around the UK and across the globe are joining together to take action on Thursday 04 October following McDonald’s, TGI Fridays and Wetherspoons workers’ announcement of coordinated strike action.

  • National Food Delivery Courier Shutdown / Uber Eats strikes to take place in Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, London, Newcastle, Plymouth, Southampton (called by IWW Couriers Network, IWGB and GMB).
  • The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB) is joining the national shutdown of food delivery Couriers. IWGB / Unite Private Hire Driver (UPHD), including Uber drivers will be taking action and protesting in solidarity on the day.
  • GMB London Region calls on gig-economy members from Deliveroo, Uber Eats, Yodel Couriers, Hermes, Uber, Addison Lee and Green Tomatoes, DPD, UK Mail & Amazon & others to take action on the day.
  • US Fast Food workers to strike on 04 October too, as part of #FastFoodGlobal
  • Momentum are mobilising activists across the country, with local groups organising solidarity actions.
  • Fast food workers from four continents are set to come to the UK to show solidarity in this global movement.
  • Solidarity actions also taking place in Aberystwyth, Birmingham, Bradford, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield. Swansea, Wrexham (with more being organised)
  • International demonstrations for fast food workers rights will take place in Chile, Colombia, USA, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Philippines and Japan as part of #FastFoodGlobal

Uber Eats & Deliveroo couriers and have decided to join McDonald’s, TGI Fridays and Wetherspoons workers in taking action on Thursday 04 October. Uber Eats couriers, as part of the IWW Couriers Network and joined by IWGB and GMB have decided to not log-on in protest over falling drop rates. They are demanding £5 per drop & £1 per mile as a minimum rate.

Fast food Workers in the US will also be going on strike between Oct. 2 and Oct. 4, in tandem with strikes and rallies by airport, hospital, child-care and higher education workers, and other low paid workers. The strikes will be centred in cities in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, California and Connecticut

Hospitality workers from four continents are coming to London to show solidarity with striking hospitality workers. An International Union of Foodworkers [IUF] conference will take place in London on the 3rd October at Unite HQ.

Workers in Wetherspoons [Bright Helm and Post & Telegraph, Brighton], TGI Fridays (Milton Keynes, Covent Garden & Stratford Westfield) and McDonald’s (Brixton, Crayford, Cambridge and Watford) will be striking over tips, poverty pay (for £10/hr) and for union recognition.