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(en) Global McSLow as fuck day - solidarity with Argentine struggle

From dr.woooo@nomasters.org
Date Wed, 4 Dec 2002 07:31:50 -0500 (EST)

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Glasgow McDonalds Workers Resistance http://mwr.org.uk info@mwr.org.uk December 2002 

A few bits of news.  The web site ( http://mwr.org.uk ) has had one 
of its occasional updates, and has a functioning news page again. 
Amongst the orgy of news you can find there is the exciting story 
that Glasgow MWR has proposed a day of working slowly on December 
21st in support of the popular rebellion in Argentina. It's really 
amazing what's happenning over there and it hardly gets any coverage 
at all. So we think it's an important thing to do, as encouragement 
for the Argentinean people in struggle and to inspire ourselves and 
other McWorkers. We also think it's really important we do some thing 
for the anti-McDonalds political prisoners in Mexico. OK, they're not 
McD's workers, but you can't help feeling that there struggle is also 

So, we proudly give you the International McGo-SLow As Fuck! 
December 21st 2002 
Happening at your restaurant! (hopefully) 

Stickers and leaflets available (to McDonalds Workers only 
unfortunately because of limited resources) very soon.  Start 
spreading the idea around your store. 

For more information, see: 


Also, a bit of sad news... this is, very probably, the last 
initiative that will ever be suggested by MWR Glasgow as people are 
drifting away after so many years in the job... Glasgow MWR may be 
dieing :-(   ... long live MWR! 

If anyone still hasn't seen what happened in October, please see: 


More information on the international McGo-Slow as Fuck will come 
soon... we've only 3 weeks... Let's get active! 

GMWR, Dec 2002. 


A call to action addressed to all McDonalds workers from McDonalds 
Workers Resistance 


In solidarity with the anti-McDonalds prisoners in Mexico and with 
the popular rebellion in Argentina 

WE STAND BETWEEN TWO WORLDS- one we do not recognise and one which 
today exists only in our hearts. In Mexico, the world of capital and 
oppression has imprisoned young protesters who dared to challenge the 
McDonalds empire, but in Argentina we see glimpses of a new world, if 
we look very closely we can see the future. Utopia is on the horizon: 
when we take two steps, it takes two steps back. We run towards it 
and it moves further away. Strangely, the slower we go, the closer we 
get. So let's go… 



On the 16th of October 94 demonstrators were arrested at an anti-
McDonalds protest in Mexico City. They were detained under the 
accusation of damaging federal property (a shade umbrella and a 
window pane) and carrying explosives (fireworks). They were initially 
denied their rights to make a phone call or use the toilets. Many of 
those arrested remain in urgent need of solidarity and support. They 
are being held under extravagant bonds and are facing very serious 
There is a bank account where money can be sent to support the 
Name of bank: BBV Ban comer 
Account number: 1299949054 
Recipient: Martha Cecilia Garcia Juarez 

ARGENTINA: One of the nicest compliments we've ever received came 
from someone involved in an Argentinean neighbourhood assembly who 
wrote to us and said he saw many similarities between our projects. 
Since Argentina tumbled into uncharted economic crisis, an inspiring 
popular rebellion has been spreading across the country. An ongoing 
movement has developed and become a living laboratory of struggle, a 
space where the future is being reinvented. 
The rebellion exploded on December 20th 2001 when over a million 
people took to the streets banging their pots and pans and ousting 
the government. But the unprecedented array of movements that has 
emerged challenges more than just one set of politicians. The 
Piquertos (the militant movement of unemployed workers), the 
neighbourhood assemblies, the workplace councils, and those who lost 
their savings as the economy went belly up, have combined to form a 
socially explosive crisis. Ordinary workers now run whole workplaces 
on their terms, while the Piquertos continue to blockade roads, the 
savers continue to break banks and the neighbourhood assemblies run 
their communities democratically. 


The 21st of December, the last Saturday before Christmas, will be one 
of McDonalds busiest days of the year, and we will be on a `go slow' 
(deliberately working slow as fuck). We choose to make our action on 
this day so it will coincide with the internationally observed two 
days of social disobedience in solidarity with the Argentinean 
popular rebellion. We want to help show the Argentinean people that 
they are not alone, that there are people everywhere struggling for a 
better world just as they are. And we want to focus attention on the 
Argentinean situation to remind ourselves and other McDonalds workers 
how quickly things can change, how precarious even the most powerful 
empires can be. On this day we also want to show solidarity with the 
prisoners in Mexico who were arrested on October 16th. The plight of 
our friends in Mexico shows how clearly the lines can be drawn- 
between how we would choose to live and the lives dictated to us by 
the profit principle, between the governments and real democracy, 
between the world of capital and oppression and the world that grows 
in our hearts. The Argentinean people are no longer clearly on one 
side of the line- are we? 
When we resist, co-operate, and try to organise our own lives, we 
become stronger and are no longer at the mercy of the profit system, 
we start to straddle the boundaries between two futures. When enough 
of us organise and co-operate we will stand at the gateway to a world 
based on the needs of people, not profit. 


On October 16th 2002 MWR inspired the first ever international 
mobilisation by the McDonalds workforce, there was a mass of struggle 
from Aberdeen to Adelaide from Milan to Malmoe. The day was enormous, 
with strikes, sabotage and walkouts around the world (see 
http://www.geocities.com/globaldayofaction ). For December 21st we're 
proposing something less spectacular. October 16th took a big toll, 
lots of us gambled with our jobs and not everyone got away with it. 
The McGo-slow as fuck shouldn't be so risky. It's dead simple; we all 
just work slow as fuck, as slow as a constipated man who has dumped 
down with a good book, as slow as an Australian soap opera. Nobody 
hustles or does anything quickly, it doesn't matter how long the 
queue gets- go slow as fuck! We call on all McDonalds workers to 
participate and to help make sure their workmates go slow as well. We 
are working on leaflets and stickers to help publicise the action in 
McDonalds restaurants, please contact us ASAP and we can send them to 
you along with information about the Argentinean rebellion- it will 
inspire anyone with an imagination. The McGo-slow as fuck is the 
perfect insubordinate activity- it's less effort than a usual shift! 
It's a fucking skive! 


MWR: http://mwr.org.uk info@mwr.org.uk 
+44 (0)7732 531 196 
MWR, PO Box 3828, Glasgow, G411YU 

For more information on Argentina: 

For more on the international days of solidarity: 

Supprt the firefighters!  A living wage for EVERYONE! 

MWR, PO Box 3828, Glasgow, G41 1YU

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