McDonald’s staff are getting their biggest pay rise in a decade after staging strikes last year.
From January 22, employees at company-owned McDonald’s restaurants will be getting a raise dependant on their age and location.
One employee, who is between the ages of 21 and 24, told the Mirror a company notice was put up in her London branch on Tuesday night showing the new rates of pay.
Pay for under-18s will now go up to a minimum of £5.75 in London, or a maximum of £7. Under-18s currently get £5.10 per hour.
Staff aged over 25 currently start on £7.60 per hour in London, but this will go up to £8.
The employee who spoke to the Mirror posted privately on Facebook saying: ‘WE WON THIS. Biggest pay rise for 10 years! If 0.001% going on strike can win this, imagine what more can do!’
The staff member told the paper: ‘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.’
However, even with the pay rise no member of staff is guaranteed the London living wage as a minimum – including managerial staff.
The London living wage is currently £10.20 an hour, while the living wage in the rest of the country is £8.75 an hour, according to the Living Wage Foundation.
Katherine Chapman, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, told Metro.co.uk: ‘Any increase to staff pay is positive news, and will no doubt be a huge boost to workers facing rising living costs.
‘The next step for companies is to move employees onto a real Living Wage based on the cost of living.
‘Over 3,800 employers across the UK are already paying their workers the Living Wage rates of £10.20 per hour in London and £8.75 per hour in the rest of the UK to ensure that no employee is struggling to make ends meet.’
On September 4 last year, staff from two branches of McDonald’s staged a widely-publicised 24-hour protest.
Workers from a branch in Cambridge, and another in Crayford, south east London, claimed they were subjected to poor working conditions, zero-hour contacts and low pay. Some employees even said they were put under ‘extreme stress’ and even experienced ‘bullying’.
Earlier in the year, management had pledged to give permanent positions to those on zero-hour contracts. However, it’s not clear whether this has been implemented.