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“The global fast-food chain faces a rebellion from its most powerful detractors yet: its own employees.” – The Face

“We don't want to prostitute our lives and resign ourselves to drudgery. And that's what McJobs mean- to surrender a piece of your life to an idiotic pursuit of wealth on behalf of those who already have too much...” – Glasgow MWR

“Why does everything we do have to be such a farce?”- Bouncer

"Our competitors can try to copy many of our secrets, but they cannot duplicate our pride, our enthusiasm and our dedication for this business. There is no single factor more important than the dedication and effort of McDonald's employees. The McDonald's spirit is exclusively ours and yours." - Andrew Taylor, President and CEO of McDonalds UK

“[MWR is] a dynamic rebellion (…) changing workplace politics for ever” – Agora Magazine

“There comes a time when the operation of the machine is so odious that you cannot even passively participate. You’ve got to place your body on the gears, the levers, all the apparatus. You’ve got to indicate to those who own it, and those who run it, that unless you are free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.” – Mario Savio

“Workers are taking shorter and shorter lunch breaks, devoting ever more of their lives to the productive process. McDonalds supports this trend perfectly- speed is emphasised over quality in everything McDonalds does. The food is served quickly, but also the customer is supposed to eat it quickly- this is why many McDonalds chairs are designed to become uncomfortable if sat on for any length of time. This way of living is a consequence of the logic of production; time away from the productive process is presented as lost time. Of course, the opposite is true and in taking lunch breaks at McDonalds we lose an opportunity for socialising and pleasure. McDonalds entire philosophy is produced by, and supports and reinforces, the idea that time out from the economy is ‘wasted’. To this understanding, taking time to cook a meal, then slowly eating it with a few friends or family, is ‘time consuming’. Or in other words, it occupies time that could otherwise be devoted to the economy- either to the productive or consumptive process. The whole idea of ‘time consuming’ activities only makes sense in a world defined by the economy, and out with this world, McDonalds philosophy is completely meaningless.” – Webel, GMWR

"They (crew members) have no guaranteed employment rights. They do not have guaranteed employment or guaranteed conditions of employment" - Ronald Beavers, McDonalds US Vice President, 1995

“The McChicken Sandwich you just ordered may well have been prepared by a member of the Zapatista like McDonald's Worker Resistance.” – William MacDougall, Counter Punch

"There have been several recent instances in our restaurants where members of staff have received severe shocks from faulty items of electrical equipment." -McDonalds internal memo from Northwest Region, February 1992 (just 8 months before Mark Hopkins was killed by electrocution at a store in Manchester).

"I commit myself to the consistent evasion of labour of any description, ideally to the extent that the bastard company I work for is grossly out of pocket, so help me God."- McSlackers

"We're not asking you to give money, we're asking you to eat at McDonald's". – Celine Dion commenting on McDonald’s trademarked world children’s day.

“McDonalds is the epitome of triumphalist capitalism, arrogant and contemptuous of those who oppose it. it may soon be surprised... The workers united are more possible than they can powerfully imagine...” - Glasgow MWR

“Funnywump is going to the bar, he’s going to buy a round, fucking hell! Oh no, he’s asking for money.” – Casper

“Emancipation from the fast-food nation and an end to da racist exploitation, been da same shit thru da ages, black men made to work for slave wages” – McDonalds International Liberation Front, in store graffiti

"Unions are inimical to what we stand for and how we operate. They peddle the line to their members that the boss will be forever more against their interests". -John Cooke employed by McDonalds "to keep the unions out".

“Even though it has been made aware of the publication, McDonald's has so far been unable to pinpoint McSues' mutinous authors. 'We are not anti-union', says Amanda Pierce, a spokeswoman for the corporation. 'We simply prefer to consult directly with staff'” – The Face (who the fuck is Amanda Pierce?)

“The reason Japanese people are so short and have yellow skins is because they have eaten nothing but fish and rice for two thousand years … if we eat McDonald's hamburgers and potatoes for a thousand years we will become taller, our skin become white and our hair blonde”. - McDonalds Japanese President, Den Fujita

“They (crew members) have no guaranteed employment rights. They do not have guaranteed employment or guaranteed conditions of employment” - Ronald Beavers, McDonalds US senior vice-president, 1995

"Slaves who are ready to put up with anything are spared nothing by the tyrants" - Georges Darien

"I brainwashed youngsters into doing wrong. I want to say sorry to children everywhere for selling out to concerns who make millions by murdering animals" - Geoffrey Guiliano, the main Ronald McDonald actor in the 1980s.

"The global fast food chain faces a rebellion from its most powerful detractors yet: its own employees (...) issue one seethes with vitriolic bile against the golden arches corporation" – The Face

“They pretend to pay me, I pretend to work” - Anon

“We have always lived in slums and holes in the wall. We will know how to accommodate ourselves for a time. For, you must not forget, that we can also build palaces and cities, here in Spain and in America and everywhere. We, the workers, we can build others to take their place. And better ones. We are not in the least bit afraid of ruins. We are going to inherit the earth. There is not the slightest doubt about that. The bourgeoisie might blast and ruin its own world before it leaves the stage of history. We carry a new world here, in our hearts. That world is growing in this minute.” - Buenaventura Durruti

“On the morning of October 16th we will deliver a single chrysanthemum flower to McDonalds head office. The chrysanthemum was the symbol of the revolution in Hungary that began on October 16th 1918 so we will deliver it as a token of our intent to build a world that puts people before profits. But the chrysanthemum is also a symbol of death, so we deliver it as a harbinger of the imminent destruction of the McDonalds empire and all wage labour- we neither need it nor want it. There is a new world growing in our hearts and we are taking our first tentative steps towards it.” – Originally in Greater London MWR’s call to action for October 16th.

“Brother Why-Bird is a waster who’s always stoned and lies around his flat smelling.” – Casper, GMWR

“Casper is a fucking junkie one step away from smack” – Bouncer, GMWR

"We couldn't actually pay any lower wages without falling foul of the law" - Sid Nicholson, then McDonalds UK vice President

“One of the reasons workplace exploitation continues is because we are encouraged to think our frustration is a personal issue- don’t like McDonalds? Quit and try Burger King. Still shit? Quit and work in a pub. Don’t like that? Try a call centre. Try another call centre or work in an office... This can go on indefinitely until we recognise collectively that our frustration is not a personal issue, is not even a question of a particular job, but is an effect of a social system that exists in opposition to our pursuit of happiness.” - Glasgow MWR

"It was not her sex appeal but the obvious relish with which she devoured the hamburger that made my pulse begin to hammer with excitement" -Ray Kroc, McDonalds founder (and sad bastard) in his autobiography.

"McSues is an excellent handbook for anyone who has ever had to scoop fries and slosh a mop around the latrines while still flashing a smile for the customers. The magazine urges its readers to sabotage the company by unplugging equipment, working at the pace of 'a constipated man', and acting deliberately stupid in front of punters. They also advocate the stealing of happy toys." - Loaded

“We don’t take shit, we make it” - Midlands MWR

“We cannot trust some people who are nonconformists, we will make conformists out of them in a hurry. The organisation cannot trust the individual; the individual must trust the organisation.” – Attributed to the McDonalds Corporation, can anyone confirm this quote/ provide a precise source?

“Never be deceived that the rich will permit you to vote away their wealth” – Lucy Parsons

“McDonalds is very proud that other employers like to employ people who have had successful periods of employment with McDonalds. This is actually true. Employers know that if someone comes from McDonalds with a good reference then they have been through the boot camp. It is like a badge that simply says ‘I will put up with shit’, it’s a certificate that indicates your spirit has been repressed, that you have shown obedience. These are the sort of workers capitalism requires in the greatest number and these are the sort of workers the McDonalds experience is designed to produce. Fortunately, it very often fails.” - Glasgow MWR

“Liberation begins when we put self-respect before burgers” – Bouncer, GMWR

“This is not amusing, and has consequences you have clearly not considered (...) What you’ve done is thoroughly obstructive to my business. You may consider this as funny, but have you considered what should happen should anyone be foolish enough to follow your suggestions? (...) I am not a man without humour but what you have done is inapropriate and I must request you remove it immediately or I shall be forced to legal recourse.” - Bill Davies, McDonalds franchise holder commenting on GMWR's Alternative Crew Handbook, 2002

“If the workers took a notion they could stop all speeding trains; every ship upon the ocean they can tie with mighty chains. Every wheel in the creation every mine and every mill; fleets and armies of the nation, will at their command stand still” – Joe Hill

“One week your wanting a few pence more an hour and to get the managers off your back, before you know it you're worried about all sorts of things: peasants displaced from their land by cattle ranching in Brazil, the conditions dairy cows live in, rainforest depletion and climate change... There are tens of thousands of campaigns like ours going on all over the world, and we've all got a common enemy- capitalism.” - Glasgow MWR

"Your disgusting offensive rubbish (...) I was disgusted (...) You could be making a serious argument to persuade others of your views but all the foul mouthed totally unnecessary swearing shows what you really are. You are fucking idiots, what if kids picked this up, or don't they matter? (...) you think you are so cool but you are typical burger flippers. You should go back to flipping burgers or get an education before you go talking about thigs you can't understand (...) you are scum and you don't deserve minimum wage. If everyone was like you there would be no economy." – Some bloke

“There is a young generation of workers who won’t put up with as much as previous generations.”- London MWR

“We sold them a dream and paid them as little as possible.” - Ray Kroc, Founder of McDonald's, speaking about company employees

“Working for McDonalds is tedious, dehumanising, pointless activity. None of us should have to spend our time that way. We have to find jobs where capitalism needs our labour; the only people who benefit from this racket are the burger bosses and others like them. If you want to know the difference between the work of today and the activity that represents our future, then today work for McDonalds and tomorrow take up cooking as a hobby.” - Glasgow MWR


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