McDonald’s workers across the US are holding protests Thursday in retaliation against the fast-food chain’s decision to raise wages for only a fraction of its employees.
McDonald’s announced Wednesday that it would be raising hourly pay by more than $US1 for the 10% of its employees who work at company-owned stores.
Protestors say the pay raise is a “publicity stunt” because it doesn’t apply to employees of franchised stores.
They are demanding an increase for all employees to at least $US15 an hour. The average hourly wage for McDonald’s workers is currently $US9.01, according to the company.
McDonald’s argues that the change still affects 90,000 workers.
Workers are protesting in two dozen cities Thursday, according to the Fight for $US15 movement, a coalition of fast-food workers who have been fighting for hourly wages of at least $US15.
Cities where protests are planned include Atlanta, Boston, Denver, New York City, and Pittsburgh.
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