Minimum wage earners protest at Sodexo in Paris - January 31, 2010

Summer gazpacho garnished with a potato anchor
Good food, poor wages by ayngelina via Flickr

The inhouse catering giant Sodexo faced angry employees from the US, the UK and France during its annual shareholders meeting in Paris on January 25. 

Most of the employees at Sodexo work for minimum wages or slightly more and have a hard time to make ends meet in the US. 

According to the New York Times:

Sodexo has grown strongly in recent years, helped largely by governments that have hived services off to the private sector like running prisons, voucher programs and institutional and military canteens. Costs are kept down by squeezing overhead among its army of 380,000 employees in 80 countries. Almost a third of those work in North America...
The union [SEIU] says many wages Sodexo pays to its U.S. workers, though above the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour, are still so low that some workers are required to turn to government assistance, including anti-hunger programs.

Unions from three countries asked the company for a decent wage for its workers, reported the IUF at its website. The IUF is organizing Sodexo workers worldwide. 

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