McDonald's workers get pay rises after strikes

3 January 2018, 17:03

McDonald's workers in the UK will have a bit more money in their pockets after a pay rise from 22 January.

The move comes three months after employees at two McDonald's restaurants walked out over pay and conditions, in the first-ever strike to hit the fast food giant in Britain.

Staff at the branches in Cambridge and Crayford had voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action, demanding more secure working patterns and a wage of at least £10 an hour.

A McDonald's spokesperson told Sky News: "Our people are at the heart of our business and, as a responsible and proud employer, we are committed to investing in them.

"Reward and recognition for our people and their contribution is a key priority, and to ensure we can attract and retain the best people, we regularly review pay and benefits.

"While our franchisees set their own pay rates, we have recommended an increase across all age bands for our hourly employees to be implemented from 22 January.

"From kitchen to counter to front of house, our success would not be possible without the hard work of our people, so we will keep working hard to do right by them."

One employee shared a picture with the Mirror Online of a notice put up for employees.

It stated that the new rates of pay ranged from £5.75 to £7 for a crew member aged 16-17; £8 to £10 for a crew member aged 25 and over; and £9.50 and £11.75 for a shift-running floor manager.

For those working between midnight and 6am, £1 would be added to those rates.

McDonald's confirmed to Sky News that the notice was correct.

They also confirmed that the current recommended starting rate was £5.10 for under 18s and £7.60 for over 25s but stressed these were minimum rates.

A London employee told the Mirror Online: "Everyone's pay has gone up. It's not loads, but it's a win! My pay was around £7.45 and now it will be £7.95. It's the biggest raise in 10 years."

McDonald's employs around 85,000 people in the UK.