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  • 16 May 2014, 10:08

Fast-Food Workers Strike For Higher Wages

Fast-food workers are walking off their jobs as part of a protest planned in 150 American cities to demand higher pay.

The walkout could affect thousands of restaurants at fast-food chains including McDonald's, Burger King and Taco Bell.

Turnouts at previous protests held since late 2012 have varied.

The strikes are under way in cities including Boston, Chicago and New York.

Workers are also planning to hold protests in front of restaurants.

Organisers hope cities in 30 other countries will also take part, making the protest global.

Fast-food workers are seeking $15 (8.90) an hour, but the businesses say such a wage would hurt their ability to create jobs.

President Barack Obama has pushed Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 (6) an hour, a rise from the current $7.25 (4.30).

The move is being fought by the Republicans in Congress.

The unions have been increasing pressure on fast-food corporations in recent months.

They filed lawsuits in March in three states accusing McDonald's of denying workers breaks and overtime pay in order to deprive them of their rightful wages.

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