McDonald’s bosses have launched an investigation into allegations that staff were asked to work after testing positive for covid.
An affected Linwood branch worker – who asked not to be identified – claimed three colleagues were working Boxing Day despite recording positive lateral flow tests.
It is alleged that staff were asked to complete their shift while awaiting the results of a PCR test which confirmed that five workers had contracted Covid-19.
Bosses of the fast food giant told the Paisley Daily Express they would investigate the allegations as a “matter of urgency.”
The concerned McDonald’s employee said: “People walked into work even after returning a positive lateral flow test for covid.
“On Boxing Day, not only the safety of the staff was threatened, but also that of the public who were our client that day.
“There are staff members not self-isolating right now and Boxing Day and three staff members were at work, despite their positive test results. It is a huge concern.
“Not only is it unfair to the staff but also to the general public.”
A McDonald’s spokesperson said: “We are concerned to hear these allegations and are investigating them as a matter of urgency.
“Since Boxing Day, five colleagues at our Linwood store have tested positive for Covid-19 and are currently self-isolating.
“As soon as we were notified the restaurant was thoroughly cleaned and we reached out to all of our staff to discuss any concerns and reiterate the importance of following our strict Covid-19 procedures to help keep everyone safe. “
McDonald’s bosses have stressed that covid protections are in place for staff and customers at the Phoenix Retail Park branch.
The spokesperson added: “We have a number of security measures introduced at the start of the pandemic that we have continued to adhere to.
“For our employees, these include the use of Perspex screens in areas facing customers, temperature checks at the start of each shift, face coverings, more frequent hand washing and l use of a hand sanitizer.
“We have also recently reintroduced screens in our kitchens and work areas, as an added safety measure for our staff, as well as screens in restaurants for our customers. “
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