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(USATODAY.com) - Fast-food workers from dozens of countries on six continents are joining the push for higher pay and worker rights Thursday by taking part in a series of strikes and protests.

Workers in more than 30 countries are campaigning for $15 per hour pay, and expressing their frustrations at declining union membership and at restaurants such as McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and KFC.

The one-day strikes will later be launched in 150 cities across the USA.

The fast-food industry has so far resisted the demands.

"This is an important discussion that needs to take into account the highly competitive nature of the industries that employ minimum wage workers, as well as consumers and the thousands of small businesses which own and operate the vast majority of McDonald's restaurants," McDonald's told USA Today earlier this month.

Recently, workers and union leaders from dozens of countries met for the first global meeting of fast-food workers, organized by the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations, a federation comprised of 396 trade unions in 126 countries representing some 12 million workers.

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