Fast food workers go on strike in the US

No happy meal for you!

 

Employees of different fast food franchises went on strike this Thursday, protesting against low wages and income inequality.

Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Burger King workers have taken part in the multi-city walkout which included New York, Chicago and Washington D.C. According to USA Today, the measure was planned to take place in 100 cities:

One-day labor walkouts were planned at fast-food restaurants in 100 cities Thursday, with protests in scores more cities and towns across the nation. Organizers, actually a loose-knit group of labor advocates mostly led by the Service Employees International Union, are pressing for an increase in the federal minimum wage, higher wages in the industry, and the right to unionize without management reprisals. USA Today.

Unions want a $15-an-hour (£9.19) federal minimum wage. The current one, set in 2009, is $7.25 per hour, according to the BBC.

However, the $7.25 USD per hour wage does not seem so terrible compared to what workers earn in poor countries like Mexico, where an employee has a minimum wage of $64.76 pesos (approximately $4.7 USD) for a whole 8-hour shift… not even enough to buy a value meal of a Deluxe or double sandwich in McDonald’s.

Deluxe Quarter Pounder

Some workers hope their concerns will be addressed, as President Obama called for the federal rate to be increased in his speech on Wednesday, specifically mentioning fast food and retail workers in evidence of the impact demonstrations like this one are beginning to have.

 

December 5th, 2013.

 

TRC

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