Fast-food protests spread overseas

The National Restaurant Association called the actions “nothing more than big labor’s attempt to push their own agenda.” (AFP)

Labor organizers turned up the pressure on McDonald’s and other fast-food chains to raise worker pay on Thursday, with plans to stage actions in more than 30 countries.

The demonstrations build on a campaign by unions to bring attention to the plight of low-wage workers and get the public behind the idea of a $15-an-hour wage.

Industry groups say such pay hikes would hurt their ability to create jobs and note that many of the participants are not workers.

The protests are being backed by the Service Employees International Union and began in New York City in late 2012.  Since then, organizers have steadily ramped up actions to keep the issue in the spotlight.

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I would not normally support this, or even blog on it, but it sure would remove the incentive to hire Temporary Foreign Workers.  It might even make third world labour unattractive in the U.S. and elsewhere.

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