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Unions Expose Truth Of McDonalds’ People Promise
McDonalds union activists from around the world are this week meeting with members of the European Parliament to examine the truth behind its so-called ‘People Promise’.
The multinational's claim to being "the best employer in each community around the world" will be compared with its actual performance in undermining workers' rights through its union bashing tactics.
International Confederation of Free Trade Unions multinational specialist Dwight Justice says the main message to be brought to the table will be that "just because corporations claim to be socially responsible doesn't mean that they actually are".
"The demonstrated hypocrisy of McDonald's in this respect makes it clear that companies shouldn't be allowed to dictate the rules on corporate social responsibility," he says.
The activists will also alert parliament to the necessity of scrutinising the many ways in which large franchise operations can undermine workers' rights.
McDonalds can often avoid dealing with unions because 80% of its restaurants are franchises and are considered to be independently owned, they say. But the activists claim the strict terms under which McDonald's franchises must operate effectively produce situations where McDonald's, and not the franchisees, seems to be dictating policy on working conditions and wages.
The European Parliament will also hear how McDonald's:
* destroyed a union in Moscow, even after the authorities had forced the company to sign a collective agreement with it.
* closed a restaurant in Germany in order to avoid dealing with a works council
* misuses the law to prevent unions from being established in the Philippines
For more information, visit: http://www.icftu.org/displaydocument.asp?Index=991216551&Language=EN
McDonalds' Union Website
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