Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Ruling: ‘McDonald’s accountable for labour violations of franchises’

In a ruling called ‘outrageous’ by business groups, the American National Labor Relations Board asserts that McDonald’s may be held jointly accountable for labour and wage violations at its franchises. Experts quoted by the New York Times suggest the ruling, if upheld, may have far-reaching consequences, “making businesses that use subcontractors or temp agencies at least partly liable in cases of overtime, wage or union-organizing violations”.

The labour board ‘found merit in 43 of the 181 claims, accusing McDonald’s restaurants of illegally firing, threatening or otherwise penalizing workers for their pro-labor activities’. Another 64 are still being investigated.

Via. Background on fastfood campaign

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