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Pics: McDonald's workers continue protest over low wages

Over 100 workers were arrested this week as they called for a minimum wage of $15 per hour.

MCDONALD’S WORKERS IN the United States have continued protests this week against low wages, calling for the company to pay them a minimum wage of $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation.

Some 2,000 protesters staged a demonstration outside McDonald’s headquarters in Chicago yesterday during it’s annual shareholder meeting, brandishing signs accusing the fast food company of ‘wage theft’. The Guardian reported over 100 protesters were arrested the night before after they blocked the entrance to the building and refused to move when confronted by police in riot gear.

Pics: McDonald's workers continue protest over low wages
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Workers have previously accused the fast-food giant of systematically stealing wages through illicit practices like forcing them to work off the clock, failing to pay them overtime and cleaning their own uniforms. A number of class action suits have also been filed demanding that the money be paid back.

In August last year, fast food workers across 60 cities in the US staged walkouts and mass demonstrations to draw attention to the issue. At the time, McDonald’s Corp. and Burger King Worldwide said they don’t make decisions about pay for the independent franchises that operate most of their US restaurants.

At restaurants that it owns, McDonald’s said any move to raise entry-level pay would raise overall costs and lead to higher menu prices.

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