Low-wage workers to strike across US tomorrow

WION New Delhi Nov 28, 2016, 04.38 AM(IST)

Low wage workers and supporters protest for a $15 an hour minimum wage on November 10, 2015 in New York, United States. Photograph:( Getty )

The "Fight for 15" campaign, an American labour movement seeking the right to unionize and increase the country's national minimum hourly wage to $15, said they expect on Tuesday the "largest, most disruptive protest" in the movement's four-year history, Think Progress reported.

Anticipated is strikes by thousands of fast food workers in more than 340 US cities, as well as strikes and civil disobedience from workers at Chicago's O'Hare airport and 20 more of the country's largest airports.

Think Progress reports that in addition to fast food employees and airport workers, others risking arrest include childcare and home care employees and university graduates.

The workers prepping to protest are not just vowing for corporations to increase wages and to permit employees to unionize, but are also calling on politicians to support these rights, to demand that undocumented immigrants not be deported, to end police violence against African Americans, and to protect health care coverage.

November 29, the day marked for this protest action, marks the four-year anniversary of the launch of the "Fight for 15" movement, when fast food employees in New York went on a one-day strike to demand a $15- (about 1000 Indian Rupees) hourly minimum wage. In the four years since, numerous cities in America have raised their minimum wage to $15 and two states have as well, Think Progress reports.