Labour Candidates for Milton Keynes, Hannah O’Neill and Charlynne Pullen have given their support to Unite members from TGI Fridays in Milton Keynes as they undertake their eighth walkout and join striking workers from McDonald’s and Wetherspoons demanding a better deal for hospitality workers.
In a historic move, the strikers, who have come together to call for £10 an hour and union rights, will be joined by fast food and gig economy workers from across the UK and abroad in taking action today in a mass show of solidarity – including a rally in Leicester Square (Thursday 4 October, 11:00-12:00) with Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP and TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady.
The TGI Fridays strike is over a change in tipping policy which has left waiting staff £250 a month worse off as well as the company’s continued refusal to hear their grievances.
Speaking in support of this international day of action Charlynne Pullen, Labour’s candidate for Milton Keynes North said:
“These young workers are leading a growing movement against low pay and insecure work in the hospitality sector and across the gig economy that is becoming commonplace on the Tories’ watch.
“They are not only demanding respect but better pay and union rights; because they know that by standing together they can win – and the Labour Party stands shoulder to shoulder with them in this fight.
Hannah O’Neill, Labour’s Candidate for Milton Keynes South, echoed Charlynne’s sentiments, stating:
“They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and only this week, the government echoed Labour’s call for action to stop employers taking a cut of workers’ tips. Labour, alongside the trade union movement, will hold the government to account on this fair tips promise.”
Labour candidate for Milton Keynes South, Hannah O’Neill, joined workers from TGI Fridays in Bletchley on the picket line when they took strike action in August 2018.
Labour candidate for Milton Keynes North, Charlynne Pullen, took part in a Unite-organised ‘meal for justice’ at TGI Fridays in Central Milton Keynes in June 2018.