18/03/2011

Fastfood Staff Wages 'Under Attack'

Dublin's fast food staff took to the streets this week to highlight their anger over whet they describe as an attack by the industry on their wages.

Members of the Restaurant and Catering Workers Forum said they are gathering in Dublin city centre to oppose the reduction to their wages.

The protestors were made up of workers at Burger King, Eddie Rockets and Supermacs and they congregated at the bottom of O'Connell St near the Luas line on Wednesday.

The fast food chains are part of the Quick Service Food Alliance, an industry group mounting a legal challenge to the Joint Labour Committee (JLC), which sets wages and conditions for workers in the restaurant and catering industry. The challenge is due to be heard at the High Court.

A spokesman for the Restaurant and Catering Workers Forum said that although most of the chains saw big profits last year, they are joining other restaurants in challenging wage protections for its workers.

"Restaurant owners and industry groups have been calling for the reduction of worker protections and standards laid out by the JLC and challenging the right of the JLC to determine working conditions."

(DW/KMcA)

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