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Striking fast food workers in New Orleans say ‘Make our wages supersize’

by George Connelly in New Orleans
Issue No. 2450

Fast food striker in New Orleans

Fast food striker in New Orleans (Pic: George Connelly)

Striking fast food workers shut down a McDonald’s outlet in New Orleans on Wednesday of last week.

Some of the strikers had driven all the way from neighbouring Mississippi to join their fellow workers for a rally outside the city’s Xavier University.

Accompanied by local residents and trade unionists the mostly women workers later led an impromptu march up the main road and occupied the local McDonald's for a couple of hours.

They chanted, “Hold dem burgers, hold dem fries – make our wages supersize!” and

The demonstration was part of an international day of action demanding that fast food workers are paid better wages. Here in the US, the campaign is for $15 an hour.

The anger of the protesters was palpable, with many screaming into the megaphones, “If we don't get 15, we’ll shut shit down” and then asking “Who shuts shit down?”, with the response by everyone else, “We shut shit down!”

Five workers from Walmart were also there to show solidarity, having been involved in the same fight and recently winning a pay rise.

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