US fast food workers protest low salary


Protesters stage a demonstration outside a Wendy’s restaurant on May 18, 2013 in New York City.

Protesting fast-food employees in New York City have rallied to demand better working conditions and a rise in salaries.

The protests came a week after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a probe into wage theft claims in the fast-food industry.

Demonstrators stood outside the Sofitel Hotel in midtown Manhattan, where the executives of fast-food restaurant Wendyâ„¢s had gathered for an annual meeting.

The protests were organized by labor rights groups Fast Food Forward and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW).

Wendyâ„¢s has about 5,900 locations across the country with thousands of hourly workers receiving between USD 7.25 per hour. This is while reports say the federal minimum wage is USD 7.45 per hour.

CIW has also called on Wendyâ„¢s to join Taco Bell, McDonaldâ„¢s, Burger King, Subway, and Chipotle to pay Florida farm workers supplying the fast food chains with tomatoes higher wages.

Fast food workers have been protesting since last week. Similar protests were earlier seen in Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, and Washington.

Reports show that 84 percent of New York fast food workers have been victim of wage theft, at some point.

In the US, an average fast food worker earns only USD 11,300 annually, an income below the poverty line.


This article originally appeared on: Press TV