Fast-food workers are holding rallies in 230 U.S. cities Wednesday in their biggest criticism nonetheless for aloft compensate and kinship rights.

The events were orderly by a union-backed Fight for $15 campaign, that is perfectionist that McDonald’s Corp. and other fast-food bondage lift their smallest salary to $15 and let workers unionize. The protests are a largest transformation to date for a transformation begun in Nov 2012, organizers said.

About 1,000 workers protested outward a McDonald’s in Brooklyn, New York, while others rallied Wednesday morning in cities such as Chicago, Miami and Washington, according to organizers. Fast-food employees also went on strike in New Zealand and protested in Finland and Japan, organizers said.

In Chicago, about 150 people protested outward a McDonald’s on a city’s South Side, pronounced Deivid Rojas, a orator for Fight for $15 in Chicago. Protesters also have been assimilated by about 40 distinguished lorry drivers and confidence guards, he said.

McDonald’s pronounced earlier this month it would lift salary and offer paid vacation during U.S. company-owned stores, that comment for about 10 percent of a some-more than 14,000 domestic restaurants. The pierce came after a handful of major sell chains announced salary hikes amid a tightening labor market.

The grill chain’s critics weren’t mollified, observant a proclamation was a public-relations attempt designed to deflect off a flourishing criticism movement. Instead, McDonald’s emboldened a protesters, pronounced Mary Kay Henry, boss of a Service Employees International Union, a labor organisation subsidy a rallies.

‘There’s Momentum’

“It showed that if we come together, things can change,” Henry pronounced in an interview. “There’s transformation behind operative people fasten together to urge their lives. That’s what this transformation is about.”

In a oath to urge salary and benefits, McDonald’s assimilated a flourishing list of vital U.S. employers. In new months, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Target Corp. and TJX Cos. have all vowed to boost compensate to during slightest $9 an hour this year. About 3.13 million workers ready and offer food in a U.S., earning an normal of $9.19 an hour, according to government data.

McDonald’s Raise

McDonald’s pronounced it would lift compensate during a company-owned stores by during slightest $1 above a internal smallest wage. The Oak Brook, Illinois-based sequence expects workers to acquire some-more than $10 an hour, on average, by a finish of 2016. McDonald’s pronounced about 90,000 employees would get a raises. They won’t be given to a approximately 660,000 employees during U.S. restaurants run by franchisees.

The Fight for $15 transformation began in 2012, when about 200 workers walked off a pursuit in New York. The protests have given stretched over quick food to embody workers from other low-wage industries, including child-care and home health workers. Adjunct professors and airfield workers also were approaching to join Wednesday’s rallies.

McDonald’s has pronounced a protests are staged events and that participants have been paid to attend. McDonald’s also pronounced many of a protesters don’t indeed work during a restaurants.

“Our determination from margin reports is that approximately 10 to 15 tangible McDonald’s workers have participated in any of these days,” pronounced Heidi Barker, a association spokeswoman. McDonald’s doesn’t set salary in a franchised stores, that make adult about 90 percent of a U.S. restaurants, she said.

The SEIU’s Henry pronounced a company’s explain that workers are doing anything other than expressing their displeasure with low salary “reflects a turn of disregard that McDonald’s has for a front-line workforce.”

“I’m angry by McDonald’s suggesting these are somehow not their employees,” Henry said.