Fast-food workers worldwide are waging an ongoing battle for higher wages and the right to unionize without fear of retaliation, and things are about to heat up. Employees at McDonald’s, Burger King, and other chains are planning a full day of walk-offs to raise awareness for the cause.
The Consumerist reports that while the increase in wages and unionization rights are a priority concern for U.S.-based workers, some employees in other countries are striking in solidarity. One worker in Denmark says:
“In Denmark, McDonald’s pays me $21 an hour and respects our union, so I was surprised when I heard workers in the US had to fight so hard for just $15 and better rights….Fast food companies need to treat the people who make and serve their food with the same respect everywhere and workers in Denmark are committed to supporting the workers’ cause until that happens.”
There are a lot of complicated issues at play here, but the simple fact that it takes the the average McDonald’s worker four months to earn what a CEO gets in an hour is a good starting point for understanding why a lot of people are pissed.
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