“I was working on average over 80 hours a week working for the same company at three different stores but getting no overtime payments,” he said.
“I have four kids that I need to put food on the table for.
“The money that they are paying us right now you can barely exist on it. Any time you could end up on the streets. We’re struggling to pay our rent.
“A union organiser explained to me they were essentially stealing my wages.
“That’s why I got involved in the movement. We got workers together to decide on our demands for $15 (£9.50) an hour and the right to form a union.”
Now half the workforce is involved in the action – and the movement is growing in strength.
“My brother also works for KFC and he has almost the whole store in the union. So when they strike they shut the place down.
The strikers have escalated by taking direct action and have faced police repression – but they are determined to continue the fight.
“On one of our strikes we all went down to 42nd street – one of the main streets in
“They arrested us but a couple hours later we went and did it again.
“And we did that in 150 cities all over the country – a whole heap of people got arrested that day. We decided to do whatever it takes because the fight that we fight is a just fight and we got to get what we deserve so we escalated it.”
Successful meetings were held in
“People don’t believe that say a McDonalds worker gets paid £6.50 an hour in
“These companies we are fighting are international. What we want to do now is if we have a strike on the 15th in
“If you look at the sanitation workers, they used to be like the fast food workers. Because they fought back and struck they gained respect for their job and reasonable pay.
“Now it’s the same with the fast food workers. Systematically they have been destroying the unions in our country, dividing the workers and bringing in zero hours contracts.
“The rich want to make us just like slaves where a few rich are running everything and everybody else must be poor. So they give us a meagre wage that we can barely exist on. This is what we face throughout the world.
“In this system they want us to just always be dependent, living from pay cheque to pay cheque and frightened to take a chance by fighting against them.
“They want us to worry about getting our next pay cheque, that we might end up out of our house and not able to feed our kids.
“We need to remember they are the few and we can win because we have got the numbers. We need to stick together – unity is strength.
“We give them their strength and we can take it from them.”