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Poultry Crisis Union slams KFC ‘cock-up’ over chicken delivery failures

A "BIRD-BRAINED" delivery contract was roasted as "an absolute cock-up" by public sector union GMB yesterday after hundreds of KFC restaurants were forced to close.

The fast-food chain shut 750 of its 900 outlets across Britain after running out of chicken.

The GMB blamed the shortage on switching from distribution firm Bidvest Logistics to DHL last week in a bid to save money.

The "penny-pinching" switch not only cost 255 Bidvest jobs and the closure of a depot but leaves hundreds of workers at closed KFC restaurants not getting paid, the union argued.

GMB national officer Mick Rix said: "We tried to warn KFC this would have consequences. Well now the chickens are coming home to roost.

“It’s an absolute cock-up. KFC is left with hundreds of restaurants closed while DHL try and run the whole operation out of one distribution centre where conditions are an utter shambles.

“KFC’s bird-brained decision has caused untold misery to customers, to Bidvest workers and restaurant staff who are not being paid.

“Now they’ve been left with egg on their face.”

DHL said it is working to rectify the situation and apologised for any inconvenience.

 

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