18 May 2019

No chicken feed: Strike closes many KFC and Carls Jr stores

1:22 pm on 18 May 2019

Burger and fried chicken fans looking for a fix have been met with closed doors at the many KFC and Carls Jr stores forced to shut by a strike today.

LONDON, UK - February 21st 2018: KFC fast food signage. KFC is an american fast food company that specializes in chicken

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Unite union's Gerard Hehir said stores have closed in Auckland, Wellington, Gisborne, Hastings, Napier, Palmerston North and Greymouth, because of the strike, which began Friday afternoon and finishes Monday.

Workers are protesting against what they say is Restaurant Brands' refusal to match minimum wage increases in pay grades above, and serious understaffing.

"You've got 70 percent turnover on average, for every 10 people that start work, seven have gone by the end of the year. It's extraordinarily inefficient, extremely stressful on the staff."

Mr Hehir said customers have been supportive, which was unsurprising given staff reported stores received regular complaints of long waits caused by understaffing.

Workers at some Pizza Hutt stores are also striking, but it is not yet clear if stores have closed.