In July, the Bakers’, Food and Allied Workers Union notified McDonald’s that they will authorise a strike later this year.
Paul Pomroy, CEO of McDonald's UK & Ireland, said in response to the ballot, "We can confirm that we have received notification of intention to ballot for industrial action from the Bakers Food And Allied Workers Union in five of our restaurants. This is disappointing given our focus on putting people at the heart of our business. The ballots relate to pay and contracts.
"Over the last three years, we have taken a number of additional steps to ensure McDonald's UK remains a great place to work. Since September 2015, we have made three significant pay moves. Wages for our hourly-paid restaurant employees has increased by 25%, and we always give our biggest pay rises to our youngest employees.
"As I promised last year, everyone has now been offered a minimum guaranteed hours contract. Despite this, around 80% of our people have selected to stay on flexible contracts because they value the opportunity to fit their work around their other commitments.
"We take the wellbeing of our people very seriously and encourage them to speak up if they have any concerns. Our people can talk to our managers and raise issues informally, or more formally through our grievance procedure, and this is our preferred route to dealing with issues relating to our workforce. We remain committed to our people and their wellbeing at work.
"Over 120,000 people in the UK work for McDonald's, representing a mix of all ages and life stages. As a growing and successful business, we will continue to invest in our people. Creating jobs and opportunities and by recruiting even more."
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