McDonald's: getting our stories out

There are now 2,000 McDonald’s workers using Organise to improve their life at work. The requests are pretty simple - they want to be off a ‘zero-hours’ contract so they know how many hours a week they’re earning, they want a modest pay rise, and they want better gloves and aprons to protect them from the spitting grease in the McDonald’s kitchens. 

The next step in their campaign is a mini documentary to expose what it’s like inside McDonald’s and put the spotlight on the changes they want. It’s a key part of the plan that’s been worked up by hundreds of McDonald’s workers using the Organise tools. 

Please will you chip in £10 towards a mini documentary with McDonald’s workers exposing what it’s really like to work there? It’s the last thing McDonald’s want you to do: 

Yes - I’ll chip in £5

Yes - I’ll chip in £10

Yes - I’ll chip in £50

“Being on a zero-hour contract is scary sometimes, because you don’t know if one week you’re gonna be able to feed your family or not… I went from having my own home with my little boy to it being shattered. That was simply because I couldn’t get enough hours at work, they wasn’t scheduling me.” 

- Chloe, McDonald’s crew member


Already four McDonald’s workers are ready to tell their powerful stories as part of the documentary. We’ll travel to their different McDonald’s stores and work with an experienced documentary maker (who is volunteering his time!) to make the film. We’ll then release the documentary alongside some powerful statistics about the realities of life at McDonald’s, causing a big media splash that will force McDonald’s to listen to the thousands of people working at their branches across the UK. 

The mini documentary is an idea McDonald’s workers in New Zealand told us about - they're are now paid a living wage and no-one is on a zero-hour contract after running a similar campaign. They taught us that the last thing McDonald's want is to let the public - that includes you - into their kitchens. 

Please can you chip in a fiver today? 

Yes - I’ll chip in £5

Yes - I’ll chip in £10

Yes - I’ll chip in £50

Together we’re forcing McDonald’s to face up to the realities of working in one of their hundreds of branches across the UK. Making sure they can’t ignore their staff when it comes to pay and safety at work.