''Mc-slavery'' and ''Mc-humiliation'' are the not-so-happy-meals on Brazilian workers' unions' ''menu of scandals,'' as they protest in sympathy with U.S. fast food workers. Deborah Lutterbeck reports
Demonstrators in Brazil say McDonald's exploits young people ...and Ronald McDonald should be behind bars. Others march through Sao Paulo bearing a coffin with the letter M -- all part of a rally organized alongside a protest held by fast-food workers in the U.S., who are using the April 15 tax deadline to publicize claims that they can't live on the hourly wages paid by many U.S. corporations. They offer a menu of scandals with items like "Mc-slavery and Mc-humiliation" (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) STATE PRESIDENT OF THE NEW CENTRAL UNION, LUIZ GONCALVES, SAYING: "The truth is that McDonald's is a company that exploits young people in their first job. They pick up kids with no experience and they exploit them. They have an exhausting day of work, they work a very long time and are paid for only four hours. They have no appropriate place to rest and a hideous diet." The outcry comes as a survey shows that McDonald's relations with its U.S. franchisees have hit a fresh low as the fast-food giant fights to turn around its business amid fierce competition -- a move some workers fear is coming at their expense.