Note to the editors
: Today in the United States, fast food workers are holding the largest-ever strike to hit the industry, with a 200-city walk out. This is to demonstrate against the fact that more than half of McDonald’s workers cannot live on their wages and remain dependent on public assistance for basic expenditures like food or rent.
In a recent statement, McDonald’s had announced a small pay raise for the few workers in stores directly controlled by the holding company, but not for the 90% of employees in restaurants run by franchisees. A 2013 report by the National Employment Law Project found that McDonald's low wages cost taxpayers more than USD 1 billion a year