We no longer do regular up dates to this
page, 'cos of technical shit. Obviously loads of things are still
going on, so if you want to know the latest... click
Please say a very warm welcome to MWR's newest reps. We are very
pleased to introduce MWR in Virginia USA ( firstname.lastname@example.org ),
and in Quebec (where there have been so many struggles between
McDonalds and workers over the years- email@example.com ).
Some BRILLIANT news from Glasgow, we've worked out how to update
the site on the new hosting... at last! Ya fucking dancer! Sure we
will have loads of interesting things to say over the next few
Some really good news from Quebec. After so many bitter
struggles between workers trying to unionise and McDonalds over the
last few years, employees of a McDonald's restaurant in Rawdon,
Quebec have obtained a collective agreement. Jean Lortie of the
Confederation of National Trade Unions says the contract was
ordered by the Quebec arbitration tribunal and cannot be appealed.
The union organizing effort at Rawdon, 60 kilometres north of
Montreal, began when 25 workers signed union cards on January 9th,
2001. Only two are still working at the restaurant. The contract
came after failed bids in the last four years to reach contracts
with McDonald's restaurants in Montreal and Squamish, B.C.
Also, here are a couple of new scams courtesy of MWR Wales- On a
close when its dark, you and a colleague dress up lookin like
thiefs, take the car keys belonging to the best car owned by a
wanker manager, and get someone to scream ''(example) your cars
being nicked!''. Of course when they run out, simply take the joke
as far as you want, whether it be simply putting the key in the
ignition, or driving the car around the corner, abandoning it, and
returning to your station via the back door! it does work! Also,
when you have a manager that gets really stressed grab a mobile
ring the store, and tell him/her that you are from a local
newspaper and you have received a complaint about spitting in
burgers/sexual haraassment/slave labour etc, again take it as far
as you want!!!
Beautiful! For more scams see: The Alternative Crew Handbook
Just a wee warning that there could be a few teething problems
with the new design, so apologies in advance.
A period of obsessive work has resulted in a mass of new pages!
You may have seen that the home page has
changed a bit. In addition to McSues
magazine and information on the global day of
action, we have developed three main sections. About MWR has links to information about the
movement, how it works, etc. As part of this we are proud to
present the long awaited frequently asked questions, hopefully it will explain where we're
coming from. Then there's a section with links to Information and Resources from MWR. A big part of
this section is The Heavy Stuff. It's a
collection of short articles we've written to try and explain/
defend what we do. As some people might be aware we're not very
popular with the loopier sections of the ecological movement so
there's a response to eco-fundamentalists as well as
thoughts on trade unions, and a few
ideas on McDonalds importance to
capitalism generally and other stuff like (astonishingly)
criticisms of MWR. Then the third major section is our fantastic
new, going to be very controversial Alternative Crew Handbook. It's a few light hearted
documents all about the job and how to survive it - essential
reading for every McWorker! There's a piece on "stealing", advice on working on front and much, much more. And we've added other
stuff like a site highlights page
(quotes from site with links), Casper's
minutes- the full, frank and fearless account of one of MWR's
weekly meetings (please don't take it too seriously, we've got to
have a laugh as well). And there's more information on becoming an
MWR regional contact and other bits and
pieces. We've been busy! (and there's still lots to come)
Anyway, we'd really apreciate any feedback on the new stuff and
on the state of the site generally in its new form. It would be
really good to get different opinions. Okay, happy reading, may the
movement grow and grow!
Oh, and if you like what we've done, then please publicise our
efforts in any way you can. Thanks!
We now have a regional contact for the Greater London area! Her
name is Trixxy and she can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Solidarity to everyone participating in the Italian general
strike and especially to McDonalds workers. Today an estimated 20
million people took the day off work, it's the first general strike
in Italy for 20 years. 3 million people flooded the streets. Here's
some of them in Turin:
They are opposing new labour laws being pushed through
by Italy's hated burly-sconi. Although, personally I think if
you've got to have politicians then it's more fun if they're in the
mafia. Many McDonalds workers in Italy are in the Confederazione
Generale Italiana del lavoro (CGIL), Giacomo Barbieri of CGIL said
"people have rights and must defend their dignity".
Not such a good day for this big guy.
No, not Sherlock Holmes. This is a Frenchman, not just being
stereotypical because he has unusual facial hair, it's Jose Bove.
Bove is a French farmer who got pissed off about the tax on cheese.
This sounds like the start of a racist joke but it's true. The
relevance? Well Bove is very famous for dismantling a half built
McDonalds with a tractor as a protest against globalisation which
we think makes him a good guy! (even if he has set himself up as a
bit of a nationalist symbol). So we're sad to hear it looks like
Bove is going to face a stretch in jail after a judge ruled it
wasn't a legitimate protest. Bastards.
We’ve got some sad news I’m afraid. Please spare a
thought for McDonald's Chairman and Chief Executive Jack Greenberg
who unfortunately had his bonus frozen for 2001 because the company
failed to achieve its financial objectives. This means that Jack
will have to scrape by with a miserly bonus of $1.2 million,
unchanged from the previous year and his impoverished salary of
$1.4 million, up slightly from the $1.3 million he got in 2000.
Additionally, Greenberg was granted 675,000 stock option in 2001
that vest in 2004 with exercise prices of $29.43 and $28.90 a share
and expirations dates in 2011. In 2001, Greenberg exercised 150,000
stock options for a profit of $2.8 million. At the end of the year,
he held 2.2 million vested options with an estimated value of $13.7
million as well as 2.8 million unvested options. McDonald's granted
Greenberg 649,500 long-term incentive "units" in 2001 that have a
maximum future payout of $2.4 million, subject to the achievement
of performance goals for the years 2001 through 2003. If you
don’t know exactly what all that means then don’t
worry, neither do we. However, it’s probably a safe bet to
guess it means that he is considerably richer than us.
OK, sorry, we've taken this too far. The April the first post
was, of course, an April fools joke. "Burger Jester"? UKIP? Come
on! We are not complete arseholes. Sorry for any confusion but
please no more outraged comments. Next year we'll make it less
subtle. MWR Branded clothing funded by 'Burger Jester', fucking
We've started a guestbook
so please sign it and say something nice.
MWR today finalised negotiations with the UK Independence Party
and local independent food chain, Burger Jester, to promote
British business and oppose globalisation. Burger Jester's
employees earn a starting rate of £5.50 an hour (more than a
pound more than McDonalds), stay much longer in the job and
generally work in less formal conditions. Of course, the job is not
perfect but it is a clear improvement on McDonalds. Similarly it is
obvious that our political programme is very different from that of
the UK Independence Party and we would like to make clear that we
only support them on the issue of opposition to globalisation and
the need to keep business (while it exists) local.
MWR will be involved in a video which will become part of future
UKIP election campaigns and will also feature and be part funded by
Burger Jester. In return the UKIP is to include (as yet
unstipulated) commitments to British workers rights in their next
manifesto while Burger Jester have agreed to prioritise
disatisfied McDonalds workers in recruitment drives and to fund the
design and production of MWR branded clothing (yes, 'buy the
T-shirt'), which we will then hopefully be able to sell and use the
proceeds to meet the ever increasing costs of our operation.
Keep it local, keep it real!
We've churned out another tedious monthly
Funnywump called up business tycoon Richard Branson on his
mobile the other day. "To be honest the exchange would have been
funnier if I could have heard a word the fucker said... he owns a
mobile phone company, you'd have thought he could have got one that
Anyway, wump calls RBs mobile but it's switched off, so he tries
(beep, beep, crackle, crackle)
FW: Hi, Richard?
FW: How are you?
RB: Yes (mumble, crackle)
FW: I'm phoning on behalf of McDonalds Workers Resistance, em,
you're very much the happy smiling face of rampant capitalist
RB: (crackled laugh)
FW: We were wondering if you'd like to donate to our cause?
RB: Sorry, who did you say you were?
FW: You've the memory of a gold fish, MWR, and the cause is the
destruction of wage labour, one which I'm sure is very close to
RB: I don't (mumble, crackle, mumble)
FW: What about shares in your beard?
RB HANGS UP
"it's over man, he's gone"
It went something like that anyway.
So, that didn't achieve anything but was a bit of a
On a more serious note, our North American friends have been
working hard, campaigning to raise the minimum wage in their state.
In their own words: "these are small steps, but small steps can
bring great changes"
It's with the greatest pleasure that we announce the
establishment of MWR's friends in America. We've been lucky enough
to get together with a group of McWorkers based in the US who see
things similarly to ourselves and who have agreed to become our
North American conveners. It's hoped this development will lead to
more McDonalds workers groups being established across North
America, and to decentralisation of the McWorkers movement away fae
Glasgow. If you're based in North America and work for McDonalds or
support workers organisation in McDonalds, then please get in touch
with our new North
The Stirling group have a new e-mail address 'cos the old one
wasnae working, it's now: email@example.com So
write to them and send love and kisses.
We've got some of the translations up:
Italian, German and Spanish.
Special thanks to those responsible and those still working on
translations. Can anyone translate into French? Le Francais de la
MWR cest pas bon, nous sommes merd. Voudrais l'assistance sil vous
The response to our humble web site has
been great. Loads of thanks to everyone who has contacted us.
However, it's meant that we've got a bit of a backlog (well the Mount fucking Everest of backlogs, if
we're going to be honest) of stuff to send out. And we're taking a
while because we're finishing a new leaflet which we want to send
out to some people and are also working away, trying to scrabble
together the pennies required for postage. So, if you're waiting on
stuff then sorry, but it will be on its way, please be patient your
inquiry is very important to us, etc...
Dave Morris has embarked on a speaking tour of North America. He
spoke at a public meeting in Houston on March 16th and we sent this
Here's an interesting story from Germany,
courtesy of a group called "slaves in mutiny". McDonalds wanted to
open a new outlet in Germany and so they needed labour cheap and
fast. It seems the appeal of a free uniform and £4.00 an hour
to work your ass off for one of the dodgiest corporations in the
world led to recruitment at a rate that was neither fast enough or
cheap enough. So, McDonalds (every governments favourite 'corporate
citizen') worked together with the job centre/benefit agency to
press gang locals into McService. The new McEmployees get 11,10 DM
(about £3.40) an hour. Unemployed people are interviewed in
the job centre while the dole officer is present and if they don't
accept the job, they will have their benefits cut completely for
three months. Work for McDonalds or starve.
Assorted bozos who write to us with
inspirational inquiries such as: "if McDonalds is so bad then why
do people work there?", or variations on that theme, should take
note. Exploitation in the workplace continues because employers are
backed by the state, and this backing ultimately takes the form of
It also shows that as workers fighting our
employer, our struggle is linked with that of benefit claimants.
Governments spend millions trying to convinve workers that
claimants are 'scroungers' etc. That's fucking bullshit designed to
divide us. Claimants, workers, we're all on the same side. The real
scroungers are the bosses who get richer and richer at our
Stop Press: New MWR group up and running.
Our friends in Wales can be contacted here
Something serious now. Solidarity to our
comrades in Paris: since the 24th October the workers at the
Strasbourg-St.Denis branch of McDonald's in Paris have been on
strike for the reinstatement of five of their colleagues, who were
accused of theft by the management (who have not provided any
evidence for their claim). It was obviously a coincidence that the
five workers sacked were candidates for the 'elections
professionnelles', a kind of works council. The strike, and the
campaign surrounding it, have made it possible to come to a list of
demands: for a 6% wage increase; better working conditions; bonuses
for 'dirty work'; recognition of the right to strike and the right
for trade union organisation... The five young workers who were
sacked won a tribunal case against McDonald's on 25th January and
the court said they have to be given their jobs back. However the
fight is not over and there was a massive demo in Paris on 2nd
February. La Lutte Continue! Email the strikers or click
here for more.
We're in Loaded Magazine this month (the
editor said there was room for a few more tits). Read the article here (saves you
£3.00, but no Carmen Electra in a thong I'm
We got a valentines card from Andy Taylor
(UK McChief)! He apologised for the whole Christmas thing, said he
didn't want to break ranks. Then he asked if we could dominate him.
We think it's really sweet that he feels trapped in his
stereotypical masculinist role and would like to try being
submissive. Can anyone help him? E-mail him and talk
Happy New Year! We'd better introduce our
new friends, MILF! To whom we send our solidarity (I think) even
though they describe us as 'pussy white boys'. See the absolute
bollocks, they got to say for themselves here
We've also now got a link to a website
done by some Russian McWorkers. You need a browser that can support
Russian characters to view it, 'cos they got funny
writing and that.
Well that's it. Christmas has passed and
it would appear senior management haven't put us on their Christmas
card list, despite us having sent them this thoughtful message last year. We are all really hurt
and offended, it is so rude. Fucking parasites, the struggle shall
be intensified, now it's personal...
Solidarity to our friends at WRAM they got caught by McDonalds
for their activities recently. What got them was that folk knew
about their internet abilities, so unlikely to be a problem for us!
Still, their struggle goes on and they have contacts in several
stores. Check out their website
Welcome to the long overdue web site
maintained by Glasgow MWR. Please have a good look round and if you
like what you see then please get
in touch and get
Time is running out to send us Christmas
messages for senior management. Come on, have a heart, these guys
get lonely this time of year, messages must reach us by Dec. 15th,
we'll type them up and they'll be delivered by hand to Jack
Greenberg's office in Chicago and Andy Taylor's home in
Bedfordshire. Remember, the more messages they have to read, the
less time they'll have to steal their relatives chocolate money. Go
on, send a