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article imageFast-food workers strike for pay increase

By Mark Harradine     Sep 1, 2013 in Politics
Workers in fast-food restaurants in 58 cities all over the States refused to go to work on Thursday 29th September to raise their concerns over the fact that the vast majority are earning the minimum wage
Workers in fast-food restaurants in 58 cities all over the States refused to go to work on Thursday 29th September to raise their concerns over the fact that the vast majority are earning the minimum wage.
The minimum wage in the US was set in 2009 at $7.25 an hour and over the last four years this rate hasn’t changed even in line with inflation. "For over a decade, working Americans of all races have seen their wages and incomes stagnate, even as corporate profits soar, even as the pay of a fortunate few explodes," commented President Obama. Similar, yet smaller protest occurred in New York City in July this year. The workers are demanding $15 an hour, or double their current hourly rate. President Obama has called for the minimum wage to be raised to $9 an hour. “I know I'm risking my job, but it's my right to fight for what I deserve,” said Julio Wilson a cashier at a pizza restaurant. Workers also want the right to form a union without the fear of retaliation from employers.
Brand name fast-food restaurants such as McDonalds, Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken were all hit by the protests as workers picketed outside restaurants during the peak lunch time period. Representatives from both Burger King and McDonalds commented that each restaurant is an independent franchise and the local manager decides on the level of wages paid. They also commented that a rise in the rate of pay would also mean an increase in the price of food in their restaurants. McDonald’s profits for 2011 were over $5.5 billion.
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