Living wage battle at McDonald’s highlights the greed of global business bosses

McStrikers: McDonald’s workers Kayleigh O’Neill, 18, and Lauren McCourt, 23, want a fair deal [Image: Daily Mirror].

Wouldn’t you love to get a 368 per cent pay rise, at a time of national austerity here in the UK?

The 94 per cent that McDonald’s boss Steve Easterbrook gave himself last year wasn’t bad either.

But the firm employs a vast number of workers internationally and won’t pay them a living wage. Nor will it guarantee safe working conditions or recognise trade unions.

It seems to This Writer that company bosses are allowing their own naked greed to run away with them.

They rely on the support of the people who do the actual work for them. If those people aren’t getting equivalent pay rises, then there’s no justification for these enormous increases in the boardroom.

If a pay rise is to be implemented, it should be the same percentage for all members of a company – especially one as large and as successful as McDonald’s.

Next week sees the third anniversary of McDonald’s global boss Steve Easterbrook getting a super-size 368% pay rise.

Last year, his salary only went up a measly 94%. Easterbrook received almost £11million in pay – or around £5,500 an hour.

Outside the blacked-out windows of his London offices this week stood two of his young workers, lucky to earn £5,500 in six months of hard graft.

Kayleigh O’Neill, 18, does long nights cleaning a McDonald’s in a London retail park for just £6.76 an hour. Lauren McCourt, 23, also does gruelling overnights in a busy 24-hour Manchester store. As a ‘crew trainer’ she earns £7.25 an hour.

Proudly wearing McStrike T-shirts, the two women had come to hand in a letter to Paul Pomroy, boss of McDonald’s UK division.

They weren’t asking to use either of the company’s two private jets. They just wanted a living wage, safe working conditions and union recognition. McDonald’s says Mr Pomroy is “in the process of responding”.

Source: Meet the McDonald’s workers battling for a living wage as millionaire global boss enjoys 368% pay rise – Mirror Online

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