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(en) News From McDonald's Workers' Resistance by a Retired McWorker

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Fri, 27 Feb 2004 09:18:24 +0100 (CET)

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McDonald’s Workers’ Resistance was set up by a group
of teenage workers at one restaurant in Scotland in 1999. In 2000
those workers decided they needed to communicate with other
McDonald’s workers in the UK and around the world. An
international network developed and by 2002 it was possible to
organise a co-ordinated, international day of industrial action (see
http://www.geocities.com/globaldayofaction ). However, 2003
proved a disappointing year as many of the groups and individuals
who had been involved in the network left or were fired from their
jobs, organisational mistakes were made and the network
struggled with dubiously sincere rival organisations.

At the time of writing only one person from the original group is
still working for the golden arches, so as the network seeks to
rebuild itself, those who have 'retired' have engaged in a period of
analysis and reflection on our experiences with MWR, what went
wrong and what lessons we can learn from this particular
response to the problems (and opportunities) of organising
casualised workplaces where no tradition of unionism exists. A
revamped website is now online at http://mwr.org.uk. Additions to
the site include, an extensive section on McDonald’s workers
(very limited) rights at work ( http://mwr.org.uk/rights.htm ), a
brand new forum for relevant news and discussion (
http://mwr.hyperboards.com ), attempts at practical and
theoretical analysis ( http://mwr.org.uk/analysis.htm ), a brief
history of MWR ( http://mwr.org.uk/about.htm ), a speech
delivered to the Canadian Labour Congress last October (
http://mwr.org.uk/wayne.htm ), interviews (
http://mwr.org.uk/interviews.htm ), quotes (
http://mwr.org.uk/quotes.htm ) and more.

Our ambitions with this new site are firstly to ensure that the work
that we have done over the last six years will not be wasted and
that McDonald’s workers will have the resources necessary to
continue and develop the tradition of resistance that has been
established, and secondly to make available as much information
of our experiences as possible, in the hope it might be of use to
someone else attempting to establish resistance at their
workplace. We are impatient for the development of a libertarian,
combative, direct-action based workers movement and hope
MWR has some small contribution to make in that regard. The
struggle continues.

A massive thank you to everybody who has shown us solidarity
over the years,

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