Fast food workers from 20 countries met in Brazil recently in a 90-strong delegation of global allies of the “Fight for 15” US-wide strike movement.
It was organised by the US union SEIU, with support from the IUF international food union federation and Brazilian unions. Participants included the Fast Food Rights campaign from Britain, led by the Bfawu bakers’ union.
They attended a senate hearing that launched an investigation into McDonald’s. Adriana works for McDonald’s in Chicago. “Seeing McDonald’s workers from over 20 countries, that’s powerful,” she said. “We started with just one city—it’s awesome.
“I’m paid barely above minimum wage. I work for this billion-dollar company, I don’t want my child to be living in that basement we live in.”
The delegation joined demonstrations at McDonald’s organised by Brazilian unions, with over 1,000 in Sao Paulo, and over 100 in Brasilia.
McDonald’s workers across the globe, and other low paid US workers who joined the Fight for 15 strikes as they spread to other sectors, told stories of their struggle.
A Tampa Bay childcare worker, currently homeless, explained, “I care for children, and I go to work not knowing where I’ll put my head down. Everyone deserves to receive a living wage!’