|name:||Alan John Beech|
|experience:||McDonald's part time employee, Heathrow, 1993 -1994|
On several occasions crew members at the Heathrow store, the witness included, suggested
that they should investigate starting a union. They did not do
this in a
particularly serious way but just discussed it while
working or on
their breaks. On one occasion a manager heard the witness saying that they should join a
union and he tumed to the witness and said in a very scornful
even say that". Shortly afterwards a large notice appeared on the wall of the crew room. It read
along the lines of "McDonald's is a non-union
Anyone found to be conspiring to start or join a union will be
subject to immediate dismissal".
Worked part time at McDonald's drive-through restaurant No. 406 on the Bath Road near Heathrow Airport. Started work in October or early November 1993 and left to go to University in September 1994.
Full cv: (not available for this witness)
For almost a year I worked part time at McDonald's drive-through restaurant No. 406 on the Bath Road near Heathrow Airport. I started work in October or early November 1993 and left to go to University in September 1994.
During my time at McDonald's I personally witnessed the following:
In order to hide this fact McDonald's managers would alter the clock-in computer. The employee concerned would be clocked out at 24..00hrs and the time at which they clocked in was moved back, so they were paid for the same number of hours. When I had only just started working for McDonald's, age 17, I was often pressurised and pestered into working late (past 24.00hrs) by managers at the restaurant.
People also used to work very long hours. I once worked a 14 hour day before I was 18 (12.00hrs - 02.00hrs) and I have seen and heard of people working up to 16 hour shifts 12 days in a row.
Breaks were given only when the managers felt the store was quiet enough, and I was once given my only break of 45 minutes only 9 minutes into a 10 hour shift. No choice was given as to whether I wanted a 45 minute unpaid break so soon after arriving. I was told "go on a break or go home!"
On one occasion in the summer of 1994, for over 90 minutes I was running the entire kitchen and one till; normally the kitchen should have about 15 people working in it and workers should not handle money and food at the same time for hygiene reasons. Due to the fact that people were working very long hours without breaks and the restaurant was understaffed workers were regularly burning themselves on hot clam grills and flying fat.
I was just finishing my shift at that time, and agreed to drive the burned crew member home as he could not work because of his burn. I asked him if things like that were registered in the accident book. He had never even heard of an accident book. I do not believe that incident was ever entered in the book.
I was allowed to go home early after burning myself on a deep frying basket, and on one occasion sent home after burning myself on the regular grill in April 1994. Both of these injuries were bad enough to stop me completing my shift and both took at least a month to completely heal, yet I am quite sure neither was entered in the accident book.
Also, every item of food that is wasted must be logged on the waste sheet, this means that if someone drops a meat patty on the floor whilst hurriedly putting it on the bun, He or She has to then take it to the person on wrap and call and log it down on the waste sheet. At this point the person on wrap will shout at the person responsible because he will get shouted at later for wasting too much food.
The net result of this system is that when someone drops a piece of meat onto the floor, He or She will quickly pick it up and put it back on the bun, or the person on wrap will tell Him or Her to do so, hence avoiding reprimand all round.
|date signed:||4th April 1995|