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Fast food workers strike over pay dispute

A number of workers from fast food chains including McDonald's, Wetherspoons, and TGI Fridays are striking for better pay.

International industrial action is growing in fast food sector

The fast food workers were joined by some of the UberEats delivery drivers, who are also calling for pay increases and better working conditions.

UberEat strikes were taking places across the country, with London, Bristol, Brighton, Newcastle, Plymouth, Southampton, Glasgow and Cardiff affected by the industrial action.

The strikes are in unison with industrial action taking place across the globe, with workers in Italy, Germany, the Philippines, Japan, Chile, Colombia, the US and Belgium walking out to protest low pay.

In London, a rally of striking workers and supporters was addressed by TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady and shadow chancellor John McDonnell.

All the companies involved have defended their records on worker’s pay, with TGI Fridays saying that all its workers were paid ‘at or above the national minimum wage hourly rate’.

Workers at Wetherspoons, TGI Fridays and McDonald's are asking for £10 an hour, while UberEats delivery drivers want £5 per delivery and £1 per mile travelled.

UberEats workers had previously taken industrial action last month after their hourly rate was reduced to just £3.50 per delivery.

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