McDonald's workers are holding massive protests over the chain's 'publicity stunt' pay raise

McDonald's protestGettyProtestors outside McDonald’s headquarters in May 2014.

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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