By Gary Cranston, Unite Organiser
Unite takes health and safety very seriously. So when I visited KFC Albany last week and found workers wrapped up in their own jackets, freezing cold, because the front door was malfunctioning and staying open. We decided something had to be done. One worker came out to show me her hands. Her hands were bright pink and sore from the cold. Customers were also complaining.
Gary Cranston speaking to Unite conference 2015
The restaurant manager had told one of the managers that the door was broken and it was impossible to fix it. So we contacted the area manager and the head of Restaurant Brands human resources department, asked that the door be fixed, and if it cannot be fixed it should be replaced. We also asked that workers be provided with warm winter jackets.
Today we received confirmation that the unfixable door has been fixed. Hallelujah! It's a miracle! We also had confirmation that warm winter jackets are on their way.
Keep yourself warm at work this winter, and don't hesitate to call or an email your organiser if you have any further concerns, especially around health and safety.