A strike is when employees stop going to their jobs due to an issue, they are facing but they feel as if they are not being listened to or taken seriously. Strikes tend to have protested outside their workplace to make the big money earners of the companies aware that there are issues that are not being correctly managed or even addressed. A strike could have a very negative effect on business, if a companies employees strike a lot, it is clear that the companies are not taking the criticisms they are facing onboard. Most reasons people go on strike are about pay, whereby people believe they are not being paid fairly or enough for the job that they are doing, but sometimes its due to a leak in analytic data, for example, scope level for custom metrics may have been breached leading the employee’s personal data to be vulnerable to detection.  

Where it started 

Many McDonald’s workers have claimed that they made over $5 billion last year, yet the workers are complaining about pay? Do you know why? It is because the employees at Mcdonald’s are not getting paid enough of that $5 billion that the business has made! They are being made to work for peanuts while the people that hardly do any of the manual work are getting a tiny amount of that profit. There is clearly an issue here that needs to be addressed, and a strike has seemingly the right option to resolve the situation. It was this that had ignited workers from 15 different cities in the US including- Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Kansas, Chicago, Flint, Detroit, Raleigh-Durham, Houston, Charleston, St Louis, and Milwaukee to quit their jobs at the golden arches, with the motto of the strike being 15 for 15. 

What is 15 for 15? 

15 for 15 is the idea to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour so that it is easier to live and sustain working conditions and ensure that people are getting paid enough. Since the strikes, it has picked up in popularity and even alerted President Biden to sign an executive order to implement the change. It was announced that the minimum wages of government contractors will be pushed to $15 per hour, proving the positive impact that the strike has had on the workers who were struggling before that. To add to this, other companies were also jumping off the bandwagon to make pay better for the workers- with Amazon announcing that it was increasing wages by an extra $3 per hour.  

Small or big businesses? 

It is important to highlight that some businesses you may think are company-owned, are individually owned. Companies such as McDonald’s and Subway are actually individually owned. This means that a small business owner buys the franchise off of Mcdonald’s to advertise their foods like McDonald’s franchise. But they do not profit from the $5 billion that was made, which is an issue because many people believe that it is big corporations that are being greedy and are not paying their employees the right amount. When in reality it is because these companies are actually small business owners that may not have the sufficient fund to increase their employees’ wages. To put this into perspective, a Subway franchise owner earns about $200,000 in profit annually, where the total sales average $3 million. When looking at that, you would assume that that is a lot of money to take home- why can’t they give that pay rise? Well, after deducting for staff wages, food, supplies, bills, electricity, and other expenses, it may be that that number only represents 5% to 10% of the franchise’s total sales.  

Strike consideration 

To add to this, it is extremely difficult for to them implement a pay rise for all employees when it is not financially possible. It is important to highlight that striking can be used for good such as getting that pay rise, but if you work for a small business, it is imperative to ensure that the company can actually pay for your increase in wage. There is nothing worse than taking a company down because they are not paying you enough when in reality it’s because they physically can’t, not that they don’t want to.  

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