May 15 (Bloomberg) — Fast food workers seeking higher pay planned protests today in more than 30 countries at chains such as McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's.

Workers were expected to strike in 150 U.S. cities including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles as well as Germany, Japan and the U.K. as part of a campaign seeking wages of $15 an hour and the right to unionize, according to a news release from BerlinRosen Public Affairs in New York City.

The protests occur as states including Connecticut are raising their state minimum wage and President Barack Obama has called for increasing the $7.25 federal rate amid a debate about the impact on hiring.

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