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Date updated : 12-May-2017

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Fast-food giants in Germany refuse to pay workers a living wage

Since last October, German fast-food workers have been in a conflict with employers over fair pay and a living wage. In collective bargaining with the German food workers union NGG, the companies have offered a wage which is considerably below what the German government calculates as the minimum needed to build for a decent retirement. Since the start of this year, more than 1000 workers and supporters have participated in protest actions and warning strikes at McDonald's, Burger King, Starbucks, Pizza Hut and Autogrill. The employers have shown no serious willingness to negotiate a living wage.

These workers deserve an income which doesn't consign them to poverty, now and in their retirement.

Support German fast-food workers in their struggle for fair wages - use the form below to send a message to the employers who refuse to pay a living wage! The message is in German, followed by English.

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Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

Leider musste ich erfahren, dass Sie ihren Mitarbeitern eine faire Bezahlung verweigern. In den Tarifverhandlungen mit der Gewerkschaft Nahrung-Genuss-Gaststätten (NGG) haben Sie und die anderen Unternehmen im Bundesverband der Systemgastronomie (BdS) nur einen Stundenlohn von 8,90 Euro pro Stunde angeboten. Ihnen ist sicher bewusst, dass dies kein Lohn ist, von dem es sich in Deutschland leben lässt. Sicherlich ist Ihnen auch bewusst, dass nach Angaben der Bundesregierung erst ein Stundenlohn ab 11,68 Euro pro Stunde ausreicht, um nach 45 Jahren eine Rente zu erhalten, die oberhalb der staatlichen Grundsicherung liegt.

Die Arbeit in der Systemgastronomie ist körperlich anstrengend, stressig und sehr verantwortungsvoll - auch das sollten gerade Sie wissen. Dass Sie ihre hart arbeitenden Beschäftigten trotzdem so schlecht bezahlen wollen, ist eines Unternehmens ihrer Größe und Bekanntheit unwürdig. Ich bin mir sicher, dass mir viele Ihrer Kundinnen und Kunden zustimmen, wenn ich Sie auffordere:

Zahlen Sie endlich Löhne, von denen Ihre Mitarbeiter leben können!

Zahlen Sie endlich Löhne, die Armut im Alter verhindern!

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

Dear Madam/Sir

I have learnt from the IUF, the international trade union federation which represents fast-food workers and their unions globally, that your company refuses to pay your employees in Germany fairly. In collective bargaining with the IUF's affiliate in Germany, the NGG, your company and the other member companies of the Federal Food Service Association (BdS) have made a wage offer which doesn't provide for a decent livelihood in Germany and is considerably below what the German government calculates as the minimum needed to build for a decent retirement pension.

The work in the fast-food and food service industry is physically exhausting, stressful and carries responsibility - as you well know. That you want to reward your hard-working employees so poorly is unworthy of a company of this size and reputation. I'm sure that many of your customers agree with me when I urge you to:

- Pay wages your employees can live on!

- Pay wages which would avert poverty in retirement!

Yours sincerely

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