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(en) McDonalds Workers Resistance: October 16: Good stuff!

From Laure <cube@zigzag.pl>
Date Fri, 4 Oct 2002 04:20:30 -0400 (EDT)

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 I'm writing to give you more information about the day
 of action on Ocotber 16th and to invite you to

 McDonalds workers, across the UK, Continental Europe,
 Russia, North America and Australasia, will take
 direct action against our employers.  There will be
 different sorts of actions, reflecting the different
 organisations and individuals participating- some
 strikes, some sabotage, go slows, partial walk outs,
 'phone in sick days', etc.

 It will be the first ever co-ordinated, international,
 worker led mobilisation by the McDonalds workforce and
 we want you to participate too!  All McDonalds workers
 are encouraged to rebel on that day and we are also
 encouraging people who do not work for McDonalds to
 take action in solidarity- get the message to
 McDonalds workers, disrupt McDonalds business...

 For more information, please see:


 There is already quite a bit of information on this
 site and it is where we will post reports of actions
 as we receive them on October 16th.

 To make sure this works, please let us know if you're
 planning an action, and then send us a report.  Please
 send e-mails to both:
 Or, from the 10th we can be reached by phone on:
 ((00) 44) 07732 531 196

 Workers who are getting up to mischief on the 16th are
 reminded that, although taking part need not endanger
 your employment, if what you're planning to do could
 potentially go wrong and result in dismissal, then
 it's worth getting any money you're owed (like holiday
 pay) paid through before the 16th.

 A leaflet is being designed which will soon be on the
 http://www.geocities.com/globaldayofaction website.
 Please feel free to print it out and distribute to
 your workmates or workers at your local store.  The
 idea is to have the international text (produced by
 some of our comrades in France) as a common text on
 all leaflets, and then a local text, specific to the
 situation where you work or live, or to a particular
 organisation.  So, we have also produced an MWR text,
 which follows after the international text at the end
 of this e-mail.  The international text will be signed
 by a few of the organisations supporting the day.  If
 your organisation supports the mobilisation and would
 like to be added to the signatories, please get in
 touch as soon as possible.

 Okay, I think that is all for now... but please stay
 in contact.

 Hope to hear from you soon,

 In solidarity,


 On behalf of McDonalds Workers Resistance

 Only fighting will win !

 Today is the  date of the first ever co-ordinated
 international mobilisation by the McDonalds workforce.
   Today is the day that we say 'enough is enough' to
 exploitation and low wages.  Today is the day  that we
 throw a spanner in the works of McDonalds profit

 We, the organizations undersigned, have decided during
 an international conference that took place in Essen
 (Germany) "i2002" and in subsequent discussions, that
 this 16th october will be an international day of
 struggle for improved working conditions and salaries
 in which we invite the participation of all McDonalds

 This is why colleagues, we intervene in your
 restaurant- because all over the world the McDonald's
 multinational exploits young workers for miserable
 wages in harder and harder working conditions.
 McDonald's makes every effort to prevent us from
 organazing and constituting unions because they know
 such organisations allow us to oppose the corporate
 dictatorship that benefits only the employers and
 treats us with contempt.

 But today this strategy is failing: Everywhere we are
 organizing- in associations (McDonald?s Workers
 Resistance),  or in unions (CGT Spain, CNT-France,
 IWW-USA, IWW-Australia?). For many years our
 organization and struggle has been increasing, today
 we find a new unity and internationalism.





 Signatories :


 October 16th 2002?

 October 16th is world anti-McDonalds day, it's also
 the date of the first ever co-ordinated international
 mobilisation by the McDonald's workforce.  This maybe
 the first you've heard of the international networks
 of McDonalds workers that work together to advance our
 interests and to confront the exploitation and greed
 of McDonalds... you will hear a lot more over the next
 few years.

 What's happening?

 McDonalds workers in the UK, across continental
 Europe, Russia, North America and Canada are working
 together to protest against our low wages, poor
 working conditions and McDonalds attempts at
 preventing us from organising.  Some workers will go
 on strike or take the day off, others will work, but
 very slowly, and some will sabotage their shifts by
 giving away free food, stealing from the tills or
 damaging equipment.  If you want to be part of it, do
 something, make sure it's not business as usual, and
 let us know about it- by e-mail to both
 reports@mwr.org.uk and globaldayofaction@yahoo.co.uk
 or by phone to:  ((00) 44) 07732 531 196
   Let's take our first steps towards freedom together!

 Anything else?

 If Ocotber 16th is a protest we hope it will also be a
 celebration of our new found unity, internationalism
 and rebellion.  So use the excuse to get together with
 your workmates for a few drinks, bongs, cups of
 coffee... make friends in kitchen, make trouble on
 tills, make love in the stockroom.


 Because we are sick of low wages and dire
 conditions... Because we object to McDonalds'
 environmental destruction and emotional manipulation
 of children... Because working for McDonalds is boring
 and pointless... Because we are not so stupid as to
 work our asses off just to make someone else rich...
 Because the workers united are more powerful than they
 can possibly imagine.

 What are we achieveing?

 We are showing ourselves and the world that we are
 capable of organising internationally and that we are
 not powerless in the face of multi-national
 corporations- that in fact it is us who make their
 billions and we are willing and able to fight back.
 We are showing ourselves and the world that there is a
 young generation of workers, passionate and
 rebellious, who refuse to live like past generations-
 we will not surrender a piece of our lives to an
 idiotic pursuit of wealth on behalf of those who
 already have too much.

 Ocotber 16th is our day, we are taking it back from
 the bosses... be part of it.


 "If you think you are too small to make a difference try sleeping with a

 MWR, PO Box 3828, Glasgow, G41 1YU

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