The stunning decision Burger King’s biggest franchisee


With so many fast food companies struggling to retain skilled workers, we would like to think that the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak would be an opportunity for franchise owners to show their staff — particularly front-line workers who run a higher risk of getting infected — a little bit of love. But for Burger King’s biggest franchisee, Carrols Restaurant Group, that appeared to be out of the question.

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Business Insider reported that Carrols Restaurant had announced that instead of giving its workers hazard pay, it would instead cut the pay for all of its employees across its more than 1,000 restaurants by 10 percent. The pay cut applied to everyone — from workers in-store to executives, and goes soundly against the trend set by companies like Target, Costco, and Amazon, all of which have opted to give their workers raises.

Food Beast says Starbucks had even taken the step of paying its U.S. and Canadian employees for the next month — even if they didn’t work. “No Starbucks partner needs to choose between their health and coming to work,” the company reportedly told employees.

Business Insider says that Carrols Restaurant Group did reverse the decision and said the 10 percent wage cut would not apply to store employees — but only after their story had run.

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