It is a moment of silence that embraces the assistance of the “Spaak 7 C 50” room of the European Parliament, Wednesday 7 September, when Jessica Carriel finishes telling the hell that the owners and managers of a McDonald’s restaurant in Curitiba, Brazil. “I felt very alone”she whispers, shaken by emotion.
McDonald’s was his first job. She was only 18 years old. Every day he had to meet the gaze of a superior who adorned him with ridiculous nicknames. A man who touched her without her consent and sent her unwanted intimate photos at night. “I was trying to hide my body, to get away from it to avoid trouble. “ It is when he finds out that other girls are going through similar trials that he decides to fight and file a complaint. “It’s the very dark side of ‘happy meal'”, denounces Maria Noichl, German MEP from the Socialists and Democrats group, who co-organizes the event with Manon Aubry, of La France insoumise. She raises a problem “systemic” of harassment at McDonald’s, the company that employs more than 300,000 people in Europe.
The end of impunity?
Jessica’s story echoes that of Tanya Harrel, another young girl, who came from St. Louis, USA, to tell about the sexual harassment she suffered. “And the executives who [l’]Andencouraged to keep a low profile “. There is also Mathilde S., 23, of the McDroits collective, who for two years experienced the daily anguish of going to her workplace, McDo at Le Havre station. Again, inadequate comments, contact proposals, “and an alert protocol that discredits the victims”the girl complains. And then there is Gabriel, also Brazilian, who suffers the consequences of his attack by an exhibitionist and racist manager. Complaints of this type are multiplying in the four corners of the world. For its part, the group often invokes its own international – non-public – standards for a safe working environment as a token of goodwill.
At the heart of the problem is “the total impunity enjoyed by McDonald’s. The company exonerates itself from its own responsibilities regarding its franchises “
Manon Aubry, MEP (LFI)
But, for Manon Aubry, the heart of the matter is “The total impunity enjoyed by McDonald’s. The company exonerates itself from its own responsibilities regarding its franchises “. The multinational is doing well “As if franchised restaurants were another business”deplores Kristjan Bragason of the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions.
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