The 15 year old fighting back against McDonalds

3 Aug

An Interview with Hassan Al-Fadhi (2/7/13)

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Hassan. I’m 15 years old, I’m a student at Glenfield College and I work part time at McDonald’s.

What happened tonight?

Tonight I was working in the kitchen at McDonald’s in Wairau Park. My union organiser, Shane, came in and said that it was a perfect time to go on strike because it was so busy. Nearly all of the people working were members of the union but they were really scared. I thought ‘screw this’, clocked out and told the restaurant manager I was going on strike. I took off my gloves and apron and walked out.

Did anyone come with you?

My friend Marienne came on strike with me too, even though she was scared before. Then we went to Constellation Drive McDonald’s and three more workers came on strike with us. I’m happy that I stood up for myself and I’m stoked that Marienne and the other workers came too. Now that everyone has seen that we went on strike and nothing bad happened I think they will come next time.

Why should McDonald’s workers go on strike?

McDonald’s workers should all go on strike because we work really hard but we need more hours and we need more pay. When we don’t strike no one listens to us. If they don’t listen the first time we need to keep striking until they do.

Are you proud of yourself?

Yep, and Marienne too.


Hassan and Marienne start the strike at Wairau Park



Three more workers join the strike action at Constellation Drive

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6 Responses to “The 15 year old fighting back against McDonalds”

  1. joceje August 3, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    A great beginning Hassan. A real education

  2. Mrwood August 4, 2013 at 4:59 am #

    Soooooo do you still have your job? Power in numbers but you had no numbers.

  3. aj August 6, 2013 at 11:51 pm #

    if they want more money and more hours they should try find better jobs else ware, fast food isn’t a career I found that out from working at kfc for 4 years

    • wang August 9, 2013 at 8:29 am #

      lerning better english also help

    • unitenews August 30, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

      People working full-time should be enable to earn enough to live – no matter what their job. That just isn’t the case at the moment. Many workers are subsidised through accomodation supplements, working for families and WINZ subsidies. Why should the taxpayer be subsidising McDonalds’ payroll? They should pay the full cost of their labour costs.

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