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Fast Food Forward:support US and British fast food workers

20th January 2014

Fast Food Forward: support US and British fast food workers

There has been an enormous movement of fast food workers in the USA for a living wage of $15 per hour. 2.3 million workers exist on as little as $7.25 per hour. In December 2013 fast food workers from 130 cities struck for a day in support of their cause. Below is a statement from their campaign, Fast Food Forward. Show your support for British fast food workers in their battle against low pay in the Day of Action on Saturday 15h February.

Today (Monday January 20th), fast food workers from across New York City are marking the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by standing up for what’s right and going on strike to demand better wages and the right to form a union without intimidation.

Like the sanitation workers who Dr. King marched with in Memphis before his death, we are standing up for dignity and respect for all workers.

Standing up takes courage. Your support helps us know we are doing what’s right and we cannot be ignored. Please join us today!

Fast food workers in New York City barely make enough to get by. Many of us make minimum wage — just $7.25 an hour, or as little as $11,000 a year. Meanwhile, the Goliath corporations we work for, like McDonalds, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut, are part of a $200 billion industry. These corporations reap huge profits and shower CEOs with exorbitant compensation while most of their employees qualify for food stamps.
Fast food workers are parents building a better future for our kids, seniors who can’t afford retirement, hardworking young people dreaming of college, faithful members of your congregation, and your community-minded neighbors. We are New Yorkers.

We’re united in the fight for a higher wage, so we can afford the food, clothing, and housing our families need and deserve. Boosting pay for our jobs will allow us to put more money into the economy. Join us.

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