Danish employees of Burger King are making up to $20/hour. Meanwhile fast food workers in the US have been campaigning for years for living wages, approximately $15/hour. As another (humorous) comparison - McDonald's workers in Denmark earn the equivalent of 3.4 Big Macs an hour. American works earn 1.8 Big Macs per hour.
Activists are saying if Denmark can do it, so can the US. Some economists are saying its fruitless to compare the US and Denmark - the countries are too different. The debate remains open - but it's a good one to have. How can society promote business profits and ensure employees are paid enough to live?
some American labor activists and liberal scholars are posing a provocative question: If Danish chains can pay $20 an hour, why can’t those in the United States pay the $15 an hour that many fast-food workers have been clamoring for?