NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Labor organizers are calling for a worldwide fast food workers strike to demand higher wages next week.

Protests are planned for May 15 in 150 cities, including Seoul, Rome, Buenos Aires and New York.

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“$10 not enough, $12 not enough. So therefore, that just shows that it’s a start, it’s a start for something better,” organizer Naquasia LeGrand said. “We will be asking for $15 and the right to unionize without retaliation.”

Walk-outs are planned at Burger Kings, Taco Bells, KFC and McDonald’s.

“They’re beginning to stand up and they’re beginning to realize that this is no longer a game. This movement is happening and we’re looking for the best,” a Brooklyn McDonald’s employee earning $8 an hour said. “Between bills, transportation and food, it won’t be enough. It’s just not enough to pay for the essentials in life.”

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“We shouldn’t have to do all of this, they should just be willing to help us because we are working and we do work hard,” a Brooklyn Popeye’s employee said.

“We’re going to keep fighting til we get what we deserve and it might seem like it’s a slow process but we have accomplished a lot,” LeGrand said.

The fast food workers’ protests, which began in late 2012, have gained momentum as President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers seek to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

Although federal action seems unlikely, many states – including Connecticut – have done it on their own.

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