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Campaigners say: Now get McDonald's

Issue No. 2292

Right to Work campaigners are set to target McDonald's fast food outlets around Britain over workfare.

The campaign has given the burger chain until Wednesday to withdraw from the scheme—or face a day of protests.

The media has claimed the protests have little support.

The Labour Representation Committee, led by Labour MP John McDonnell, is affiliated to Right to Work.

It said it is “proud to be part of the opposition to the government’s ‘work experience’ programme”.

Zita Holbourne, PCS national executive member and a founder of Black Activists Rising Against Cuts, also backs it. She said, “Workfare exploits the most vulnerable—it’s nothing short of slave labour dressed up as opportunity.”

Protests closed a McDonald's on London’s Oxford Street on Saturday of last week.

At another McDonald's activists overheard the manager phoning head office saying the protest was losing them £100 a minute. So they made sure to stay a little longer.

In Kingston, west London, 40 people joined a protest against workfare, including unemployed people, school students and pensioners. They marched to McDonald's, Primark, Topshop, Boots and Wilkinsons.

The Boycott Workfare group has also called for a day of protests for Saturday.

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