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(en) Class war in a burger bar- Report on the Oct. 16th 'McStrike'

From McWorkers Resistance <mwrposse@yahoo.co.uk>
Date Fri, 18 Oct 2002 14:42:00 -0400 (EDT)

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It?s 3:00am GMT, Wednesday October 16th 2002, some tired and
slightly drunk Glaswegians are trying to vandalise a McDonalds
restaurant.  Unremarkable, except that these are McDonalds own
employees and at the very same time on the other side of the world, in
New Zealand they?re attempting a strike, and the leaflets are reaching
workers in Australia?

Now it?s lunchtime in Europe and, for a time, eight McDonalds can?t
function because the staff are no longer prepared to sacrifice
themselves obediently to the McProfit machine.  Then they walked out
in Nottingham as well? 

Five hours later and the streets of Milan are filled with hundreds of
supporters of fast food workers, while ten bus loads of cops wait in the
driving Frankfurt rain to try and limit communication between the
Freie ArbeiterInnen Union and the golden arches? employees.
McDonalds workers taking direct action and solidarity actions all over
the world, it?s ?


This is an attempt to give a taste of struggle on October 16th from a
workers? perspective.  It?s difficult to know where to start because so
much happened- sections of the McDonalds workforce launched an
unprecedented counter attack against exploitation and boredom?

   Six McDonalds in France represented by the CNT union on strike.
   Temporary work stoppage in Moscow.
   Strike in Norfolk.
   McDonalds blockaded in Milan.
   Attempted strike in New Zealand.
   Attempts at strikes in three London stores.
   Walkout in Nottingham.
   Demonstration in Mexico which has unfortunately resulted in 94
   A mass of direct action and sabotage.
   Actions to encourage workers? resistance from Sweden to Sydney.
   Class struggle from Aberdeen to Adelaide, from Milan to Malmoe.
   The whole thing captured on an all day radio special in Slovenia.

For the full story with images, please see:
Regrettably, we have heard that those arrested in Mexico may be
facing very serious charges and are in urgent need of solidarity.  We
hope to have more information on what can be done to help soon. 

"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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