McDonald’s Corporation plans to raise the average pay of about 90,000 US workers to around US$10 an hour, Reuters reported.
The increase will apply to workers at the company’s own outlets and not those operated by franchisees, who make their own wage decisions.
Starting wages at company-owned restaurants will move to US$1 above the locally mandated minimum wage.
The increase will take the average hourly rate for the workers to US$9.90 from US$9.01, the company was quoted as saying Wednesday.
The pay increase will take effect on July 1.
Almost 90 percent of McDonald’s more than 14,000 US restaurants are operated by franchisees. Company-owned outlets are said to number just around 1,500.
Workers groups said the wage hike by the fast-food chain fell short.
“This is too little to make a real difference, and covers only a fraction of workers,” Kwanza Brooks, a McDonald’s worker from Charlotte, North Carolina, who earns $7.25 per hour, was quoted as saying.
Brooks is part of a union-supported “Fight for $15″ movement, which is calling on employers to more than double wages above the federal minimum wage of US$7.25.
The group plans a nationwide protest at McDonald’s restaurants on Thursday.
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