Subway franchise owners slam chain's coronavirus demands: report
The sandwich chain reportedly told 23,000 restaurants to resume 84- hour work weeks
Subway franchisees are roasting the sandwich chain for reportedly making them repay royalty fees that the company deferred at the start of the coronavirus pandemic and resume pre-COVID-19 hours.
Subway told around 23,000 restaurants to reopen and resume business as usual ––or what it was before the pandemic, operating at 84 hours a week, 12 hours a day, sources told the New York Post.
Franchisees are reportedly concerned about being exposed to and exposing employees to COVID-19 while working longer hours than practial, with store sales still down.
“We don’t want workers standing around and making with taxes $20 per hour. That’s a lot of money,” a franchisee told the Post, explaining that sales were down 30% for the week ending Sept. 8 over last year.
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Earlier in the year, fast-food chains like Subway began reducing the prices they charge franchise operators when business came to a halt with stay-at-home orders in place. The backlash comes as a number of fast-food chains, including McDonald's, start mandating that franchisees repay deferred fees, the outlet adds.
Subway did not immediately return FOX Business' request for comment.