Gaming YouTuber Suzy Lu has been criticised online after saying that McDonald’s workers who are striking over pay and work conditions “expect handouts.”
On 4th September, McDonald’s workers in south-east London made history after becoming the first employees of the fast-food chain to vote to go on strike. Their demands include a “living wage” of £10 an hour and an end to zero-hours contracts.
But according to Suzy Lu, a living wage is too much to ask for
On Twiter, Suzy wrote: “McDonald’s workers on strike cause they want £10 an hour? Go and get an actual decent job & stop expecting handouts.”
Arguing that it’s “wrong” to demand a living wage if you work at McDonald’s, Suzy added” “I think most people went there after school but it’s a stepping stone, not a career.”
Many people took offence at Suzy’s tweets – particularly because she uses Patreon, a website that allows people to hand out money to others. While Suzy has chosen to keep the amount she earns from Patreon private, at the time of writing she has 53 individual Patreons. Patreons who donate $25 a month are rewarded by being allowed to play X Box with Suzy on Sundays. Sometimes.
Suzy then brought care workers into her argument to defend her point
Arguing that care workers in Scotland make less than £10 an hour after years of studying, Suzy said that £10 an hour “seems steep” for McDonalds workers.
What does £10 an hour really look like?
£10 an hour is just over the London Living Wage, which is set at £9.75 for 2017. The London Living Wage refers to the minimum salary required to live in London. This includes housing, bills, travel and essential extras such as clothing. Someone earning £10 an hour would take home £1,378 a month – over £500 less than the average British salary. Right now, the average wage for a McDonalds worker on a 0 hours contract is around £7.20 an hour, according to figures provided by the company. McDonalds generates around £17 billion in revenue each year.
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