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(en) News from McDonalds Workers Resistance

From McWorkers Resistance <mcdonaldsworkersresistance@yahoo.co.uk>
Date Sun, 2 Nov 2003 16:54:32 +0100 (CET)


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1. General news
2. Pay Campaign
3. WE ARE GIVING AWAY STICKERS!!
4. New e-mail discussion forum
5. Coca-cola and Colombia
After a period when MWR had seemed a bit lost with a number of people
leaving the job or the organisation, it looks like things are on the up
again recently several new workers have idicated they would like to
become involved. One of the things that is rejuvenating the resistance
is the pay campaign in the UK that was originally derived by MWR in
Birmingham. As news spreads through the workforce we face the strange
prospect of negotiating directly with McDonalds for the first time
ever. How will we get them to talk to us? Well they will have no
choice when we turn up on their doorsteps. We have addresses and are
not afraid to go door knocking. .. it works for the Jehovas Witnesses.
If you would like to know more about our pay campaign, please visit:

http://www.geocities.com/mwrposse/activities.html

It was hoped that we MWRers in other countries would launch similar
campaigns simultaneously but so far nobody has took on the work...



To spread the pay campaign and generally raise the profile of the
resistance, we have recently printed thousands of stickers to give away
to anyone in the UK who can stick em up on or around their local
McDonalds. If you live in the UK, its dead easy to get em, just send an
addressed envelope stamped to the value of one pound and twenty pence to
MWR, c/o 17 West Montgomery Place, Edinburgh, EH7 5HA . In other words,
get an envelope, write yer address on it, stick £1:20 worth of stamps on
it, put it in another envelope and send it to 17 West Montgomery Place,
Edinburgh, EH7 5HA. Even better, we will also enclose one copy of each
of the following leaflets which we've just made:
Know Your Rights is a guide to your legal rights as a worker in the UK
McDonalds Workers Resistance an introduction
£6.00 Now! Sets out the case for decent pay and what we are going to do
about it.
To see some sticker designs, please visit:

http://www.geocities.com/globaldayofaction/stickers.html



We have also recently set up an e-mail discussion group called the
McWorkers forum designed to co-ordinate communication between
individuals and groups involved in the McResistance. Its open to all
supportive and interested parties whether McWorkers or not. Uptake has
been a bit slow initially but we are hoping it will get going soon. To
get involved please send a blank e-mail to:

mcworkersforum-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
<mailto:mcworkersforum-subscribe@yahoogroups.com>

For more information please visit:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mcworkersforum/



Another thing that we have been discussing positively is responding to
the treatment of our fellow workers in Colombia. Over the last deacde
over 1500 trade unionists have been assasinated purely for trying to
organise to improve their lives. One company which has been implicated
in this slaughter is coca-cola who use subsidiaries who appear to be
complicit with the paramilitaey assasination of union activists and
their families amongst their workforce. In response to a call from one
of the unions that represents coca-cola workers in Colombia an
international boycott has been started. McDonalds is one of the worlds
biggest distributors of coke and we have been discussing a campaign to
start doing things like giving coke products away for free or sabotaging
the machines. If you are interested in this or any of our other
initiative s then we invite you to get involved.

In solidarity,

Captain Ketchup

MWR c/o 17. W. Montgomery Pl. Edinburgh, EH7 5HA, UK

info@mwr.org.uk <mailto:info@mwr.org.uk>

http://mwr.org.uk <http://mwr.org.uk/>

"Why of course the people don't want war ... But after all it is the
leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a
simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a
fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship ...
All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce
the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to
danger." Hermann Goering, Nazi leader, at the Nuremberg Trials after
World War II http://www.mwr.org.uk


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