'I'm worried and stressed:" Sheffield fast food workers speak out about returning to jobs

Sheffield fast food workers have said they are stressed and worried about returning to their jobs during the coronavirus crisis.

Friday, 15th May 2020, 1:43 pm

As more and more restaurants re-open across the UK for deliveries and drive thru customers, staff at KFC and McDonald’s have spoken out about having to go back while thousands of other workers remain at home.

Stuart*, a Sheffield KFC worker, said: "I'm worried and stressed but feel I have no choice but to return.

“Given the size of the kitchens, I’m not sure socially distancing is even possible.

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KFC and McDonald's workers have hit out at going back to work.

“If you’re moving anywhere, you need to announce it to the entire shop floor to allow them to get out the way but there will be instances where people won’t be able to move.

“It bothers me that people who are making the decisions are able to work from home where they’re perfectly safe, while we’re at risk at work. It feels a little hypocritical."

Tara* a Sheffield McDonald's worker said: "15 McDonald's restaurants opened in the UK this week, and I'm worried about mine opening. I live with my mum and she is in a high risk category, so if I go back to work it could be really dangerous to her health."

The pair are fighting back with Sheffield Needs A Pay Rise (SNAP), a movement of low wage workers across the city, coming together to demand safety and respect at work.

Workers are afraid their workplace is unsafe can email [email protected]

The Star has contacted KFC and McDonald’s.

* Names changed to protect anonymity.