Thousands of students march down Parliament Square in latest climate change strike

Thousands of school and university students took part in the global climate strike in London today.

Students took part in the Fridays for Future movement initiated by teen climate activist Greta Thunberg to call for urgent action in tackling climate change.

The event was organised by the UK Schools Climate Network (UKSCN) and started at 11 pm.

Many of the students said they were fed up of the Tories and wanted reform.

Anna, 19, said, “I want the government to wake up and to give a f***. This election should be a climate election.”

A similar mood was present amongst strikers as chants of “Where the f*** is the government?” swept through the crowd, alongside, “Revolution”, “F*** Boris” and “Tory scum.”

Stephanie, 17, travelled from Surrey with a homemade placard. She said, “We don’t empty promises from the government. We demand serious action.”

The protest in the capital was one of over a hundred in the UK according to UKSCN. 

The students later joined up with UCU strikers in solidarity.

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McStrike: McDonald’s workers take their strike to Downing Street

Staff from six McDonald’s in South London went on strike yesterday and marched to Downing Street in demand for higher wages and better working conditions.

McDonald’s workers from Balham, Catford, Crayford, Deptford, Downham and Wandsworth Town took part in what The UK Trades Union Congress said was the, “biggest McStrike to ever take place in Britain”. 

The fourth strike comes just days after the company’s former CEO, Steve Easterbrook, was forced to resign over a relationship with an employee. Easterbrook took a pay packet of £29 million whilst workers claim they are left struggling to pay bills.

The workers are calling for wages of £15 an hour, union recognition, an end to youth rates of pay and guaranteed working hours.

Jess Bower protesting with a placard in her hand.

Jess Bower, 21, who works at McDonald’s said, “I’m striking to raise awareness and help others because I’ve heard stories of verbal abuse and sexual abuse.

“I’m here today for union recognition, better working standards and a change in contract and working hours.

“I’ve been here four times now and [other workers] shouldn’t be afraid. At the end of the day, your words will get heard.”

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell joined the protestors in solidarity.

John McDonnell told campaigners, “It isn’t much to ask, is it? That a company like McDonald’s that makes billions of pounds of profits just pays its worker’s decent wages treats them properly and recognises trade unions.

“We’re not asking for the earth. We’re just asking for these workers to be treated decently by a company whose wealth they create.”

A McDonald’s spokesperson said: “We are extremely disappointed that a very small number of our people in just a handful of our restaurants are considering industrial action.”