Ian Anderson, Fightback Wellington branch member.
Fightback actively supported unionised McDonalds workers as part of our 2013 winter conference. On the evening of Saturday the 1st of June, members and supporters distributed nearly 2000 leaflets across Wellington McDonalds sites; Newtown, the Basin Reserve, Courtenay Place, Taranaki Street, Lambton Quay, Manners Mall and Bunny Street (which recently took strike action).
Fightback’s leaflet explained “Why we support McDonalds workers – and why you should too.” The leaflet explained how both workers’ action and wider public solidarity are needed to overcome casualisation and low wages, at McDonalds and elsewhere.
Customers were generally receptive, with some at the Manners Mall store even taking and distributing bunches of leaflets themselves.
Coming weeks will see further actions, including demonstrations and strikes. Fightback will continue to support and, where possible, initiate these actions. We see this campaign as part of a broader struggle for working class solidarity and self-organisation.