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Fast Food Workers All Over The World Are Protesting Today

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Demonstrators holding posters march during a protest to demand higher wages for fast-food workers in Tokyo’s Shibuya shopping district May 15, 2014.

Fast food workers in 150 cities across the U.S. are walking off their jobs Thursday in what is expected to be the biggest fast food protest ever organized.

The strikes will affect a handful of chain restaurants including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, and KFC.

Protestors are calling for a $15 minimum hourly wage in the U.S.

The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour, which adds up to about $15,000 a year assuming a 40-hour workweek.

In addition to the nationwide strikes, protests are planned at the chains’ international locations in 30 countries on six continents.

Fast-food workers in the U.S. have been holding a number of demonstrations over the past year — including a series of strikes in the summer of 2013 — to fight for higher pay.

Cities where protests are planned include Boston, New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Mo., Los Angeles, Charleston, S.C., Greensboro, N.C., Oakland, Calif., Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and Las Vegas. 

Here’s where some of the international protests are planned: 

Africa

Morocco: Protests at McDonald’s in Casablanca and Rabat

Malawi: Protests at fast food restaurants Africa

Morocco: Protests at McDonald’s in Casablanca and Rabat

Malawi: Protests at fast food restaurants

Asia

Japan: 30 protests at McDonald’s in 30 different prefectures

Hong Kong: A protest inside and outside a major McDonald’s

Korea: Aa protest at a major McDonald’s in Seoul

India: Protests at fast-food restaurants in three cities

Philippines: Flash mobs inside five McDonald’s

Thailand: Protests at McDonald’s and KFC restaurants in Bangkok

Europe

Belgium: Lunchtime protest at a major McDonald’s in Brussels

United Kingdom: Protests at McDonald’s in 20 cities

Germany: Protests at Burger King

Ireland: Protests at McDonald’s in Cork, Belfast and Dublin

Italy: A national strike at fast-food restaurants in Venice, Milan and Rome, to be held immediately following the US strikes

South America

Brazil: Protests at McDonald’s in five states

Argentina: Demonstration at McDonald’s in Buenos Aires Central America/Caribbean

El Salvador: Protest at McDonald’s in San Salvador

Panama: Protest at McDonald’s in Panama City

Dominican Republic: Protest at McDonald’s in Santo Domingo

Europe

Belgium: Lunchtime protest at a major McDonald’s in Brussels

United Kingdom: Protests at McDonald’s in 20 cities

Germany: Protests at Burger King

Ireland: Protests at McDonald’s in Cork, Belfast and Dublin

Italy: A national strike at fast-food restaurants in Venice, Milan and Rome, to be held immediately following the US strikes

South America

Brazil: Protests at McDonald’s in five states

Argentina: Demonstration at McDonald’s in Buenos Aires Central America/Caribbean

El Salvador: Protest at McDonald’s in San Salvador

Panama: Protest at McDonald’s in Panama City

Dominican Republic: Protest at McDonald’s in Santo Domingo

 


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