Fast-food workers in 33 countries on six continents took to the streets Thursday, protesting for higher wages and the ability to strike without retaliation from employers.
In New York City they demonstrated at a midtown Manhattan McDonald's (MCD) and a Domino’s Pizza (DPZ) shop. The video above shows workers marching from Domino's Pizza on West 40th Street between 7th and 8th avenues, chanting, "The people united will never be defeated."
Protests were held at 150-plus cities in the U.S., where workers are demanding $15 an hour -- substantially more than their average wage of $9 an hour. The #FastFoodGlobal hashtag trended in nearly 20 U.S. cities and 50 foreign cities.
"These unprecedented international protests are just the start of a worldwide campaign to change the highly profitable, global fast-food industry," says Ron Oswald, general secretary of the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Association (IUF). The campaign to raise fast-food workers' wages started in New York City in November 2012.
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