KFC employees say they lost $ 150 in allowance and offered loans | Local News
Employees of the KFC fast food chain are in shock over management’s decision to stop their allowances, which has left them with no income.
Little hope they had of getting through the pandemic has been dashed, staff said.
Broken, dejected and wondering how they are going to pay their growing bills, staff said they had only been given a short notice that their weekly allowance of $ 150 had been suspended since yesterday.
While some employees may have been informed of the end of the allowance a week earlier, several employees received the news less than 48 hours before it came into effect.
An employee who wished not to be identified told the Express: “We are now on the bread line. We are already struggling to feed our families, and even the little we have, now that it has been taken away from us as well. “
Employees claim that Prestige Holdings Ltd, the franchise holder of KFC and other fast food chains, gave workers two pies and a 20-ounce soft drink last month, given the hardships faced by employees. and their families.
Some of the staff felt the gesture was in bad taste as many could not pay their rent.
While the $ 150 was not enough to live on, workers say what little dignity they have left to provide any income for their families has been completely taken away by management.
According to another employee, who also asked not to be identified, since the government closed restaurants in April to slow the spread of Covid-19, workers have only received a weekly allowance of $ 150. After restrictions were lifted and restaurants were allowed to open, workers said they were able to earn their regular wages.
“It was a similar arrangement in 2020,” the employee said.
by voice note
After a company meeting on Wednesday, the employee said a voice note from management had been sent to staff, via WhatsApp, explaining what will be done in the future. The following is a transcript of the voice note:
“Have a good day.
I’m calling to follow up on the meeting we had yesterday.
Right now, the business cannot operate as it is supposed to be because it has overdue debts that it needs to pay off.
They also have debts like utility bills and rent, and all of those things. As you know, we have no income because the restaurants are closed.
Unfortunately, the company will no longer be allowed to pay you every $ 150. I’m sorry I have to be the bearer of bad news, but the $ 150 has stopped since the last payment was made last Thursday. We will no longer be able to pay the $ 150.
What are some of the options?
Those who are interested in a term loan – employees who are with us for six months should be able to get $ 500, one year should be able to get $ 1,000, and over the course of the year … two years or whatever. or else could get $ 1,500. Payments will be taken from your salary. Those who take it, payments will not be made until August, to repay the loan. It will be easy to access just to let them know that you are an employee of Prestige Holdings Ltd KFC so that they simply call for verification. You therefore do not need any document from the restaurant to take out the loan for anyone who is interested or in debt. For any further information, can you all contact me, and have a nice day. ”
L’Express repeatedly called Prestige Holdings Ltd chairman Christian Mouttet and CEO Charles Pashley yesterday, but got no response. L’Express also contacted KFC marketing manager Jillian Kalloo-Escagy by email, but got no response.