The union recognition dispute at McDonald’s Moscow food-processing factory
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KeywordsMoscowRussiaFast-food industryMultinational corporationsEmployment practicesTrade unionsWork organisationMcDonald's
This article reports on the union recognition dispute that took place at the MacDonald's food-processing plant in Moscow. It examines this dispute in the context of McDonald's employment practices worldwide, the interventions made by international and local unions, and Russian government bodies. Despite these interventions it became impossible to either organise the workforce or establish a collective agreement. The case illustrates the difficulties facing both local unions and global union federations when confronted by intransigent multinational companies, especially in low-skilled sectors in transitional economies.