Facebook row erupts over how much McDonald's workers should be paid

McDonald's workers after they voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action, amid concerns over working conditions and the use of zero-hour contracts. Picture by Philip Toscano/PA Wire
McDonald's workers after they voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action, amid concerns over working conditions and the use of zero-hour contracts. Picture by Philip Toscano/PA Wire

A debate has broken out over how much McDonald's workers should be paid after staff at some branches held the first ever strike to face the company.

A debate has broken out over how much McDonald's workers should be paid after staff at some branches held the first ever strike to face the company.

Staff in Cambridge and Crayford south-east London, walked out on Monday in a row over the use of zero-hours contracts and "inexplicably" low pay.

The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) said the strike was being well supported. But not everyone is behind their demands.

The strike isn't taking place over any branches in the North East, but the action paves the way for staff at other franchises to follow suit.

It has also sparked a debate in South Tyneside on how much fast food workers should be paid, with scores of comments left on our Facebook page.

Chris Bull said: "The McDonald's staff who are going on strike work in the South East. Minimum wage is a real struggle to live off here in the North East, never mind the South East where the cost of living is higher.

"Everyone deserves at least the LIVING wage regardless of what job, that includes flipping burgers and serving coffees."

Lisa Roach said: "Everyone deserves to earn a decent wage, so no it's not too much to ask. Join a union and get organised if your employer doesn't pay well enough."

Tracy Lawrence said: "We could all do with a pay rise. £7.50 minimum wage just isn't enough."

However, some felt those working in other professions should be more of a priority when it came to improving pay and conditions.

Tom Cooke said: "This is not unfair, however why is that no one is on here demanding fair pay for teaching assistants, a McDonald's employee would earn roughly £15,000 per whilst a qualified teaching assistant working more hours per week earns £12,000 per year with little hope of earning much more unless they take further qualifications.

"Theoretically if a McDonald's employee took 13 weeks off work, some teaching assistants annual holidays, they would still be earning over £2,000 more per year than those people working with some very demanding and wonderful children."

Kelly Morton said: "£10 an hour to serve burgers to people! People in dangerous jobs don't even get that much pay sometimes."

David Barber swifrtly replied: "Two wrongs don't make a right."

But others agreed with Kelly and Tom.

Josh Heslop said: "Why should someone who works a job 99% of the population could be trained to do in no time earn the same as others who spent a long time training.

"What happens if they put the wage up? Where do the next generation work when they are young and need experience?

"Do you think the people who have zero drive and want to work in a basic job to support their life will ever quit and let new people in? You force companies to put entry level jobs up to the same as skilled labor and you cause a hell of an issue, you remove the incentive for half the population to move up as all they want is money."

However, such comments prompted an angry reaction from others with a differing opinion.

Megan Scott said: "All of these comments about ' flipping burgers' etc are disgusting, anything involving the general public is a hard job, and you've all just proved it, imagine dealing with dickheads like yourselves day in and day out.

"Everyone deserves a living wage, end of story. No matter what your job is."

Gemma Long Davids argued: "It's just not possible to pay £10 an hour for 'minimum wage jobs'.

"Companies simply can't afford it. Anyone with a spark of intelligence knows the effect the minimum wage increase has on businesses. Complete respect to those in low skilled jobs BUT you can't take a job and then strike because you're not getting the same as those who worked harder than you to get a degree etc."

Margaret Ditchburn Scott parried: "McDonald's can afford to pay its workers. My husband talked to a guy who bought a McDonald's franchise for a million. He had it paid off in a year. As to who deserves it more, get off your egos. If you work you deserve enough to live decently. That is no longer happening."

Brenda Carol Ward concluded: "Who is more important on a ship? The captain or the cook? Without the captain the ship might stop. If the cook forgets to order sufficient food the captain will starve with the crew.

"So carer or burger flipper we all do something that someone else needs so all deserve a living wage. Dont get greedy and dont be selfish. Let them complain then you stand a chance of getting a living wage if you have a greedy boss who don't pay you properly."