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    Internationalism under platform Capitalism: Brexit and the organisation of UK fast food workers

    Colas, Alejandro (2019) Internationalism under platform Capitalism: Brexit and the organisation of UK fast food workers. Political Quarterly 90 (4), pp. 620-628. ISSN 1467-923X.

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    In October 2018, a coalition of UK trade unions and civil society organisations called a strike across the UK’s fast food sector in support of a living wage, union recognition and the end to zero‐hour contracts in the sector. This paper takes the day of action—labelled the McStrike—as a starting point for an account of the place of the EU and Brexit in the campaign for fast food rights, as well as the contrasting political standpoints adopted by the different trade unions involved in the action. Brexit is used as a prism through which to analyse aspects of Britain’s contemporary food politics, especially those pertaining to freedom of movement, workplace organisation, and the role of EU legislation in protecting workers’ rights. In exploring the international dimensions of union organisation among the UK’s fast food workers, other, more conceptual considerations regarding the changing nature of public and private food consumption and the incorporation of food‐to‐go into the gig economy are also broached.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at the link above. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): fast food, gig economy, Bakers’ Union, McStrike, IWGB, Deliveroo
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Research Centres and Institutes: Population, Environment and Resources Group (Closed)
    Depositing User: Alex Colas
    Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2019 12:22
    Last Modified: 21 Sep 2022 18:05


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