Renfrewshire McDonald’s launch investigation over staff covid claims

McDonald’s bosses have launched an investigation into claims staff were told to come into work after testing positive for covid.

A concerned worker at the Linwood branch – who asked not to be identified – claimed three colleagues worked on Boxing Day despite recording positive Lateral Flow Tests.

It’s alleged that staff were told to fulfil their shift while waiting on the results of a PCR test which confirmed five workers had contracted Covid-19.

Bosses at the fast food giant told the Paisley Daily Express they would investigate the claims as a “matter of urgency”.

The concerned McDonald’s worker said: “People came into work even after they returned a positive Lateral Flow Test for covid.

“On Boxing Day, not only was staff safety at risk, but also the public who were our customers that day.

“There are staff members off self-isolating just now and on Boxing Day and three members of staff were at work, despite their positive test results. It’s a huge concern.

“Not only is it unfair on staff but also the general public.”

A McDonald’s spokesperson said: “We are concerned to hear about these claims and are investigating them as a matter of urgency.

“Since Boxing Day, five colleagues in our Linwood store have tested positive for Covid-19 and are currently self-isolating.

“As soon as we were made aware, the restaurant was deep cleaned and we reached out to all of our people to discuss any concerns, and reiterate the importance of following our strict Covid-19 procedures to help keep everyone safe.”

McDonald’s bosses stressed that covid protections are in place for both staff and customers at the Phoenix Retail Park branch.

The spokesperson added: “We have a number of safety measures introduced at the start of the pandemic that we’ve continued to adhere to.

“For our people, these include the use of Perspex screens in customer facing areas, temperature checks at the start of each shift, face coverings, more frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitiser.

“We have also recently reintroduced screens back into our kitchen and work areas, as an extra safety measure for our people, as well as screens in restaurants for our customers.”

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