A livable wage is not the minimum wage

Minimum wage is not livable wage: American activist

Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:0PM GMT
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The demonstrators called for minimum wage to raise from $7.25 to $15 an hour and the end to what activists called “abusive labor practices.”

An American analyst believes that fast-food workers across the United States should be able to protest against their unfair conditions, saying minimum wage is not livable wage.

“Workers need to be able to hold strikes. They need to demand from the management when they’re being treated unfairly or as in this case, making a wage that no one can live on”, CODEPINK activist Tighe Barry said in a phone interview with Press TV’s US Desk on Tuesday.

On Monday, thousands of fast-food workers at fast food chains such as McDonald’s and Wendy’s on Monday went on a strike in several cities to protest for higher wages and the right to unionize. Organizers said workers took to the streets in New York City, Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Missouri, and Flint, Michigan.

“It hurts our economy, it hurts our people. It destroys families. Minimum wage is not livable wage and we need to start paying people a wage they can actually live on”, he added.

The demonstrators called for minimum wage to raise from $7.25 to $15 an hour and the end to what activists called “abusive labor practices”.

“These are the people that feed us every day, that they cloth us, they work really hard to make sure that the US capitalist system continues to work as it does barely hobble along today”, Barry concluded.

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