A McDonald’s employee has slammed the fast-food chain for “unbearable” working conditions after temperatures in its kitchen hit 37C.
The employee, who has worked for McDonald’s for five years in the East Midlands, was doing an eight-hour shift on Sunday 18 June – one of the hottest days of the year.
Outside the restaurant temperatures hit 30C but inside the kitchen of the world famous chain the temperature was a sweltering 37C.
The worker, who wishes to remain anonymous, told The Sun Online that it was so hot that employees were being sick.
During an eight-hour shift, where she is paid £7.55 an hour, she felt sick and dizzy due to the heat, other colleagues vomited and two went home after feeling unwell.
She told The Sun Online: “It was literally unbearable.
“I used the loo and my trousers were so wet with sweat that I didn’t want to pull them back up.
“It made me feel sick, dizzy and exhausted. I had to lean on the counter while preparing food with one hand.”
“I complained to my manager and we were just told that the [air conditioning] was broken but we are told that every summer”.
“It’s not acceptable to have people feeling so unwell and exhausted from the heat while working.
“It’s not a struggling business and they shouldn’t be making cut backs on essentials.”
Under current rules there is no legally defined maximum temperature for workplaces, only that it is “reasonable”, according to the Health and Safety Executive, who issue the guidelines.
If a significant number of employees complain about the temperature then the employer should carry out a risk assessment.
If they fail to do so, then workers are able to complain to the relevant regulator.
Yesterday, the TUC (UK Trade Union Centre) called for regulations to be put in place to allow workers to go home if temperatures in the workplace reached 30C (or 27C when doing physical activity).
It also said that employers should start taking measures to cool the workplace down if the temperature went above 24C.
A McDonald’s spokesman said: “All of our restaurants across the UK have air conditioning systems installed which help to regulate the temperature of our restaurants both in the kitchen and the dining area.
“The systems are regularly maintained and we follow rigorous procedures to ensure our employees are working in comfortable conditions.
“Without further details of the restaurant location where this incident took place we are unfortunately unable to comment further.”