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Fast-food worker wage protests planned for more than 150 US cities

Published on Sep 4, 2014 6:35 PM
 
A sign for McDonalds in Bismarck, North Dakota on Aug 18, 2013. Fast-food workers will stage another day of protests in more than 150 US cities on Thursday as they seek a doubling in hourly pay to US$15 (S$18.75) and the right to form a union. -- PHOTO: AFP

UNITED STATES (REUTERS) - Fast-food workers will stage another day of protests in more than 150 US cities on Thursday as they seek a doubling in hourly pay to US$15 (S$18.75) and the right to form a union.

Organizers expect their biggest protest to date, with fast-food workers from McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and KFC restaurants expected to walk off the job. They will be joined by home-care workers.

The union-backed actions, which started in New York and other major cities, have steadily gathered steam since 2012 and helped to spur a national debate about the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at US$7.25 since 2009.

Protesters, many of whom are adults clocking 40 hours or more per week at around that wage, say they cannot survive on such pay and are pressing for US$15 per hour - above the roughly US$11 hourly wage that experts say is the poverty threshold for a family of four.

 
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