More than 2,000 fast food workers and their supporters joined a mass sit-in outside a McDonald’s corporate shareholders event in the
The protest followed strikes at major fast food chains in more than 150 cities in the
The strikers have a simple demand—$15 (£9) an hour and trade union rights.
Nequasia LeGrand, a 22 year old KFC worker from Brooklyn, New York, was at the sit-in. She told Socialist Worker, “People came from all over—
The bosses’ event took place in a western suburb of
Nequasia said, “We were all pumped and excited. It was amazing seeing all these workers that believe we can win and are ready to take McDonald’s down. We marched and shut down one of
“We chanted all the way to McDonald’s University to get our voices heard. But, of course, you know they’re not gonna just let thousands of people walk in.”
The bosses were clearly rattled by it. The strikers are growing in number, influence and confidence.
In a bid to weaken their resolve riot police waded in to the protest, arresting 137 demonstrators—101 were fast food workers. But the attempts to intimidate may prove to have backfired.
For many on the protest, the heavy-handed police tactics only acted to deepen their determination to keep up the fight.
One of the arrested strikers, 20 year old Natasha from
“You stand up for your rights and you make history… If I have to constantly get arrested until they make a change, I will do it.”
Nequasia agreed, “People were willing to do whatever it takes, even if that is getting arrested, for your rights and a better future for the world.
“Over a 100 people decided to push their way through to get our voices heard. It was the most wonderful feeling everybody felt.
“I can see it in workers’ eyes that we have no choice but to win $15 and a union.”