Living wage protest at McDonalds in Blake Street, York

Kris Barker, of the Socialist Party, leafleting near McDonald’s in Blake Street

Kris Barker, of the Socialist Party, leafleting near McDonald’s in Blake Street

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PROTESTERS gathered at a York fast food outlet as part of a worldwide day of action.

Members of the Fast Food Right campaign, which was started by the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), protested near McDonalds in Blake Street yesterday, with other protests at venues around the country aimed at low pay and zero hour contracts.

Martin Readle, 27, from Clifton, is from Youth Fight for Jobs Yorkshire, who gave the public leaflets about the issue, discussed their rights at work and raised awareness of a living wage.

He said: In cities like Seattle a minimum wage of $15 an hour has been passed recently.

"We're trying to take a lead from teh US, and trying to stop precarious work conditions and put the living wage into peoples' minds as something positive which could be done to make working actually pay."

Nigel Smith from Heworth is a member of the Socialist Party, and held a stall with a petition for living wage.

He said: "We are asking for agradual introduction of a £10 an hour living wage.

"We feel that's what the workers of this country deserve, not to live on benefits or live on handouts from the state, but to earn their living rather than rely on the state.

A McDonalds spokesman said: "We fully support the National Minimum Wage - all of our employees earn more than the National Minimum Wage and qualify for a range of benefits including holiday allowance, employee discounts and access to a full range of training and nationally recognised qualifications.

"We employ 97,000 people in the UK across 1,200 restaurants and the majority of our restaurant staff are employed on an hourly-paid basis. We pride ourselves on being a flexible employer and for many of our employees that is why they have chosen us as a place of work.

"Employee hours are scheduled in advance and we never ask people to be ‘on call’ or restrict people to working for us exclusively. If shifts become available due to staff illness or other circumstances, employees may be offered additional hours if they would like to work."

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12:25pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Big Bad Wolf says...

So if the living wage was introduced would that not then become the minimum wage?... In other words are they asking for the minimum wage to be increased to £10ph?
So if the living wage was introduced would that not then become the minimum wage?... In other words are they asking for the minimum wage to be increased to £10ph? Big Bad Wolf
  • Score: 3

2:54pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Loggo Logmond says...

Firstly, why is that man wearing that hat. It looks utterly ridiculous. Secondly, it doesn't look like much of a protest to me, just 3 or 4 people handing out leaflets like the usual pests you get in York city centre.
Firstly, why is that man wearing that hat. It looks utterly ridiculous. Secondly, it doesn't look like much of a protest to me, just 3 or 4 people handing out leaflets like the usual pests you get in York city centre. Loggo Logmond
  • Score: -8

2:56pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Justin7 says...

Looks like everyone is either walking past him or laughing at his silly hat.
Looks like everyone is either walking past him or laughing at his silly hat. Justin7
  • Score: -8

3:02pm Fri 29 Aug 14

gravitydrips says...

I'm sick and tired of hearing about this living wage. Wages aren't to low, it's taxes that are to high. The thieving corrupt traitors known as the British Government leech the WORKING classes dry and then have the audacity to claim that were underpaid.
I wish I could remember where I read a report a couple of years ago. It stated that, regardless of tax banding, by the time you factor in all our taxes and the plague that is VAT, the working class pay lose about 60% of their wage in tax. And if you look at the alternative calculations for inflation, thats actually running at about 8%. Not the 1.2% our so-called government claim.
I'm sick and tired of hearing about this living wage. Wages aren't to low, it's taxes that are to high. The thieving corrupt traitors known as the British Government leech the WORKING classes dry and then have the audacity to claim that were underpaid. I wish I could remember where I read a report a couple of years ago. It stated that, regardless of tax banding, by the time you factor in all our taxes and the plague that is VAT, the working class pay lose about 60% of their wage in tax. And if you look at the alternative calculations for inflation, thats actually running at about 8%. Not the 1.2% our so-called government claim. gravitydrips
  • Score: -12

3:22pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Kevin Turvey says...

‘gravitydrips says...
I'm sick and tired of hearing about this living wage. Wages aren't to low, it's taxes that are to high. The thieving corrupt traitors known as the British Government leech the WORKING classes dry and then have the audacity to claim that were underpaid.
I wish I could remember where I read a report a couple of years ago. It stated that, regardless of tax banding, by the time you factor in all our taxes and the plague that is VAT, the working class pay lose about 60% of their wage in tax. And if you look at the alternative calculations for inflation, thats actually running at about 8%. Not the 1.2% our so-called government claim.’


So true, hence my thoughts of never ever trust the government, council or other members of the establishment!

The meaning of government of the people by the people is far from the truth nowadays.

The best bit it that the government and the rest of the establishment are scared witless of the population in general.

Read up on cold war emergency planning and the provision of government citadels for protection of the elites and military procedures to keep the population in their own homes out of the way and so no harm to the protected elites to suffer, not have any medical care or feeding. I have no idea what population they were planning on governing after a Nuclear event!

They were more scared of us than the Russian A and H bombs raining down!
‘gravitydrips says... I'm sick and tired of hearing about this living wage. Wages aren't to low, it's taxes that are to high. The thieving corrupt traitors known as the British Government leech the WORKING classes dry and then have the audacity to claim that were underpaid. I wish I could remember where I read a report a couple of years ago. It stated that, regardless of tax banding, by the time you factor in all our taxes and the plague that is VAT, the working class pay lose about 60% of their wage in tax. And if you look at the alternative calculations for inflation, thats actually running at about 8%. Not the 1.2% our so-called government claim.’ So true, hence my thoughts of never ever trust the government, council or other members of the establishment! The meaning of government of the people by the people is far from the truth nowadays. The best bit it that the government and the rest of the establishment are scared witless of the population in general. Read up on cold war emergency planning and the provision of government citadels for protection of the elites and military procedures to keep the population in their own homes out of the way and so no harm to the protected elites to suffer, not have any medical care or feeding. I have no idea what population they were planning on governing after a Nuclear event! They were more scared of us than the Russian A and H bombs raining down! Kevin Turvey
  • Score: -11

3:23pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Kevin Turvey says...

PS:

His hat is very silly!
PS: His hat is very silly! Kevin Turvey
  • Score: -3

7:17pm Fri 29 Aug 14

bloodaxe says...

gravitydrips wrote:
I'm sick and tired of hearing about this living wage. Wages aren't to low, it's taxes that are to high. The thieving corrupt traitors known as the British Government leech the WORKING classes dry and then have the audacity to claim that were underpaid.
I wish I could remember where I read a report a couple of years ago. It stated that, regardless of tax banding, by the time you factor in all our taxes and the plague that is VAT, the working class pay lose about 60% of their wage in tax. And if you look at the alternative calculations for inflation, thats actually running at about 8%. Not the 1.2% our so-called government claim.
Good idea. Abolish tax and then privately contract your fire, police, ambulance and health care, refuse collection, armed services, education, road maintenance, railway travel and track maintenance, air traffic control, socal services, old age care, day care, trading standards, public health and when you've finished, grow up. What you really mean is that too many people are creaming off the wealth of the country and leaving the workforce to live off scraps.
[quote][p][bold]gravitydrips[/bold] wrote: I'm sick and tired of hearing about this living wage. Wages aren't to low, it's taxes that are to high. The thieving corrupt traitors known as the British Government leech the WORKING classes dry and then have the audacity to claim that were underpaid. I wish I could remember where I read a report a couple of years ago. It stated that, regardless of tax banding, by the time you factor in all our taxes and the plague that is VAT, the working class pay lose about 60% of their wage in tax. And if you look at the alternative calculations for inflation, thats actually running at about 8%. Not the 1.2% our so-called government claim.[/p][/quote]Good idea. Abolish tax and then privately contract your fire, police, ambulance and health care, refuse collection, armed services, education, road maintenance, railway travel and track maintenance, air traffic control, socal services, old age care, day care, trading standards, public health and when you've finished, grow up. What you really mean is that too many people are creaming off the wealth of the country and leaving the workforce to live off scraps. bloodaxe
  • Score: 11

8:33pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Tug job says...

That chap in the hat looks as though he has consumed a fair few burgers in his time!
That chap in the hat looks as though he has consumed a fair few burgers in his time! Tug job
  • Score: -11

11:21pm Fri 29 Aug 14

missbouquet says...

bloodaxe wrote:
gravitydrips wrote:
I'm sick and tired of hearing about this living wage. Wages aren't to low, it's taxes that are to high. The thieving corrupt traitors known as the British Government leech the WORKING classes dry and then have the audacity to claim that were underpaid.
I wish I could remember where I read a report a couple of years ago. It stated that, regardless of tax banding, by the time you factor in all our taxes and the plague that is VAT, the working class pay lose about 60% of their wage in tax. And if you look at the alternative calculations for inflation, thats actually running at about 8%. Not the 1.2% our so-called government claim.
Good idea. Abolish tax and then privately contract your fire, police, ambulance and health care, refuse collection, armed services, education, road maintenance, railway travel and track maintenance, air traffic control, socal services, old age care, day care, trading standards, public health and when you've finished, grow up. What you really mean is that too many people are creaming off the wealth of the country and leaving the workforce to live off scraps.
Bloodaxe, most of that comes from council tax not income tax
[quote][p][bold]bloodaxe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gravitydrips[/bold] wrote: I'm sick and tired of hearing about this living wage. Wages aren't to low, it's taxes that are to high. The thieving corrupt traitors known as the British Government leech the WORKING classes dry and then have the audacity to claim that were underpaid. I wish I could remember where I read a report a couple of years ago. It stated that, regardless of tax banding, by the time you factor in all our taxes and the plague that is VAT, the working class pay lose about 60% of their wage in tax. And if you look at the alternative calculations for inflation, thats actually running at about 8%. Not the 1.2% our so-called government claim.[/p][/quote]Good idea. Abolish tax and then privately contract your fire, police, ambulance and health care, refuse collection, armed services, education, road maintenance, railway travel and track maintenance, air traffic control, socal services, old age care, day care, trading standards, public health and when you've finished, grow up. What you really mean is that too many people are creaming off the wealth of the country and leaving the workforce to live off scraps.[/p][/quote]Bloodaxe, most of that comes from council tax not income tax missbouquet
  • Score: -9

11:39pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Jack Ham says...

missbouquet wrote:
bloodaxe wrote:
gravitydrips wrote:
I'm sick and tired of hearing about this living wage. Wages aren't to low, it's taxes that are to high. The thieving corrupt traitors known as the British Government leech the WORKING classes dry and then have the audacity to claim that were underpaid.
I wish I could remember where I read a report a couple of years ago. It stated that, regardless of tax banding, by the time you factor in all our taxes and the plague that is VAT, the working class pay lose about 60% of their wage in tax. And if you look at the alternative calculations for inflation, thats actually running at about 8%. Not the 1.2% our so-called government claim.
Good idea. Abolish tax and then privately contract your fire, police, ambulance and health care, refuse collection, armed services, education, road maintenance, railway travel and track maintenance, air traffic control, socal services, old age care, day care, trading standards, public health and when you've finished, grow up. What you really mean is that too many people are creaming off the wealth of the country and leaving the workforce to live off scraps.
Bloodaxe, most of that comes from council tax not income tax
Bloodaxe, are you Cllr Sonja Crisp?
[quote][p][bold]missbouquet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bloodaxe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gravitydrips[/bold] wrote: I'm sick and tired of hearing about this living wage. Wages aren't to low, it's taxes that are to high. The thieving corrupt traitors known as the British Government leech the WORKING classes dry and then have the audacity to claim that were underpaid. I wish I could remember where I read a report a couple of years ago. It stated that, regardless of tax banding, by the time you factor in all our taxes and the plague that is VAT, the working class pay lose about 60% of their wage in tax. And if you look at the alternative calculations for inflation, thats actually running at about 8%. Not the 1.2% our so-called government claim.[/p][/quote]Good idea. Abolish tax and then privately contract your fire, police, ambulance and health care, refuse collection, armed services, education, road maintenance, railway travel and track maintenance, air traffic control, socal services, old age care, day care, trading standards, public health and when you've finished, grow up. What you really mean is that too many people are creaming off the wealth of the country and leaving the workforce to live off scraps.[/p][/quote]Bloodaxe, most of that comes from council tax not income tax[/p][/quote]Bloodaxe, are you Cllr Sonja Crisp? Jack Ham
  • Score: -42

1:11am Sat 30 Aug 14

oi oi savaloy says...

that shirt was last on sale in 1982 AND any chance you can go protest outside browns? they have loads on zero hour contracts and minimum pay.
that shirt was last on sale in 1982 AND any chance you can go protest outside browns? they have loads on zero hour contracts and minimum pay. oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -37

1:13am Sat 30 Aug 14

oi oi savaloy says...

p.s. 'protesters' is plural, shouldn't that be 'protester'?
p.s. 'protesters' is plural, shouldn't that be 'protester'? oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -34

7:54am Sat 30 Aug 14

Big drinker says...

It's a well known fact that within the catering and hospitality industry, McDonald's offers some of the best Management training courses in the country if you want to progress. I have never worked there but admire those who do and considering the high pressure environment, and most of the customers, they do a sterling job. We could all be paid more but surely that is a quick route back in to recession. I am not a believer in the living wage, I believe in lower inflation and higher interest rates, lowered tax rates and better training for those who need/want it. Cut the welfare to promote the benefits of employment and we will see a shift in attitude towards working not scrounging.
It's a well known fact that within the catering and hospitality industry, McDonald's offers some of the best Management training courses in the country if you want to progress. I have never worked there but admire those who do and considering the high pressure environment, and most of the customers, they do a sterling job. We could all be paid more but surely that is a quick route back in to recession. I am not a believer in the living wage, I believe in lower inflation and higher interest rates, lowered tax rates and better training for those who need/want it. Cut the welfare to promote the benefits of employment and we will see a shift in attitude towards working not scrounging. Big drinker
  • Score: 0

10:51am Sat 30 Aug 14

thedrof says...

Big drinker, quite the opposite you pay people a decent wage, they go out and spend, economy grows, government pays out less benefits to top up low wages. People have little disposable income at the moment, especially the low paid due to lack of any wage increases for most in the last 7 years and price inflation of all the essentials.
Big drinker, quite the opposite you pay people a decent wage, they go out and spend, economy grows, government pays out less benefits to top up low wages. People have little disposable income at the moment, especially the low paid due to lack of any wage increases for most in the last 7 years and price inflation of all the essentials. thedrof
  • Score: 4

1:16pm Sat 30 Aug 14

PlanetTea says...

Surely if we increase minimum wage we will be decreasing the amount of funding available for the amount of employees? Won't it make finding a job even more difficult?

Also, I'm sorry to be mean and this is NOT relevant to the issue, but his hat is very silly and I would tell him so if he tried to hand me one of his leaflets.
Surely if we increase minimum wage we will be decreasing the amount of funding available for the amount of employees? Won't it make finding a job even more difficult? Also, I'm sorry to be mean and this is NOT relevant to the issue, but his hat is very silly and I would tell him so if he tried to hand me one of his leaflets. PlanetTea
  • Score: -2

2:48pm Sat 30 Aug 14

I'msohappy.com says...

Big drinker wrote:
It's a well known fact that within the catering and hospitality industry, McDonald's offers some of the best Management training courses in the country if you want to progress. I have never worked there but admire those who do and considering the high pressure environment, and most of the customers, they do a sterling job. We could all be paid more but surely that is a quick route back in to recession. I am not a believer in the living wage, I believe in lower inflation and higher interest rates, lowered tax rates and better training for those who need/want it. Cut the welfare to promote the benefits of employment and we will see a shift in attitude towards working not scrounging.
I'm guessing you work but don't have a mortgage with this stupid quote!
How self centred are you?
[quote][p][bold]Big drinker[/bold] wrote: It's a well known fact that within the catering and hospitality industry, McDonald's offers some of the best Management training courses in the country if you want to progress. I have never worked there but admire those who do and considering the high pressure environment, and most of the customers, they do a sterling job. We could all be paid more but surely that is a quick route back in to recession. I am not a believer in the living wage, I believe in lower inflation and higher interest rates, lowered tax rates and better training for those who need/want it. Cut the welfare to promote the benefits of employment and we will see a shift in attitude towards working not scrounging.[/p][/quote]I'm guessing you work but don't have a mortgage with this stupid quote! How self centred are you? I'msohappy.com
  • Score: 3

6:04pm Sat 30 Aug 14

gravitydrips says...

bloodaxe wrote:
gravitydrips wrote:
I'm sick and tired of hearing about this living wage. Wages aren't to low, it's taxes that are to high. The thieving corrupt traitors known as the British Government leech the WORKING classes dry and then have the audacity to claim that were underpaid.
I wish I could remember where I read a report a couple of years ago. It stated that, regardless of tax banding, by the time you factor in all our taxes and the plague that is VAT, the working class pay lose about 60% of their wage in tax. And if you look at the alternative calculations for inflation, thats actually running at about 8%. Not the 1.2% our so-called government claim.
Good idea. Abolish tax and then privately contract your fire, police, ambulance and health care, refuse collection, armed services, education, road maintenance, railway travel and track maintenance, air traffic control, socal services, old age care, day care, trading standards, public health and when you've finished, grow up. What you really mean is that too many people are creaming off the wealth of the country and leaving the workforce to live off scraps.
I'm sorry but where in my post do I state, or even imply we should abolish tax? Are you completely mad? And no I don't mean to many people are creaming off the wealth of the country. I mean government corruption and mismanagement of tax revenue is resulting in the WORKING classes having to pay to much tax to compensate for that.
What you do is list alot of stuff that has to be paid for out of taxes. Maybe it's time for the country to realize that the working class can't afford to keep paying for all of it. We must have amongst the highest taxes in the developed world and yet were still 1.5 TRILLION in debt! Maybe it's time to start making cuts instead of treating the working class like a bottomless money pit.
[quote][p][bold]bloodaxe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gravitydrips[/bold] wrote: I'm sick and tired of hearing about this living wage. Wages aren't to low, it's taxes that are to high. The thieving corrupt traitors known as the British Government leech the WORKING classes dry and then have the audacity to claim that were underpaid. I wish I could remember where I read a report a couple of years ago. It stated that, regardless of tax banding, by the time you factor in all our taxes and the plague that is VAT, the working class pay lose about 60% of their wage in tax. And if you look at the alternative calculations for inflation, thats actually running at about 8%. Not the 1.2% our so-called government claim.[/p][/quote]Good idea. Abolish tax and then privately contract your fire, police, ambulance and health care, refuse collection, armed services, education, road maintenance, railway travel and track maintenance, air traffic control, socal services, old age care, day care, trading standards, public health and when you've finished, grow up. What you really mean is that too many people are creaming off the wealth of the country and leaving the workforce to live off scraps.[/p][/quote]I'm sorry but where in my post do I state, or even imply we should abolish tax? Are you completely mad? And no I don't mean to many people are creaming off the wealth of the country. I mean government corruption and mismanagement of tax revenue is resulting in the WORKING classes having to pay to much tax to compensate for that. What you do is list alot of stuff that has to be paid for out of taxes. Maybe it's time for the country to realize that the working class can't afford to keep paying for all of it. We must have amongst the highest taxes in the developed world and yet were still 1.5 TRILLION in debt! Maybe it's time to start making cuts instead of treating the working class like a bottomless money pit. gravitydrips
  • Score: 0

11:37am Sun 31 Aug 14

candleforall says...

Well done to them all standing up for workers and teeing to improve the world we live in. And I think his hat makes him unique, and in a good way. What a grumpy lot you all are!
Well done to them all standing up for workers and teeing to improve the world we live in. And I think his hat makes him unique, and in a good way. What a grumpy lot you all are! candleforall
  • Score: 1

11:16pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Phalanges says...

Wouldn’t that put up the price of my Big Mac Meal that I pay for out of minimum wages?
Wouldn’t that put up the price of my Big Mac Meal that I pay for out of minimum wages? Phalanges
  • Score: 0

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