Fast food shutdown: from disorganisation to action in the service sector

Cant, Callum and Woodcock, Jamie (2020) Fast food shutdown: from disorganisation to action in the service sector. Capital & Class. ISSN 0309-8168

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This article discusses the Fast Food Shutdown, a strike on 4 October 2018 that involved Wetherspoon, McDonald’s, TGI Fridays and UberEats workers in the United Kingdom. It compares the different strategies of the Bakers Food and Allied Workers’ Union at Wetherspoon and Industrial Workers of the World at UberEats. The two case studies, drawing on the authors’ ongoing ethnographic research, provide important examples of successful precarious worker organising. In particular, the argument focuses on the role of action in organising, as well as the relationship between the rank-and-file and the union. While these could point the way to the recomposition of the workers movement – both in greenfield sectors and within existing unions – there remain important questions about how these experiences can be generalised.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1177/0309816820906357
Additional Information: ** From Crossref via Jisc Publications Router ** History: epub 20-02-2020; issued 20-02-2020.
Keywords: Economics and Econometrics, Sociology and Political Science, History
Subjects: Social sciences > Politics
Social sciences > Economics and economic history
Social sciences
SWORD Depositor: Jisc Router
Depositing User: Jisc Router
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2020 21:24
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 16:02

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