LIMA (Reuters) – A Peruvian prosecutor’s workplace stated it was investigating the demise of two teenaged staff in a McDonald’s-branded restaurant in Lima, in an incident that has spurred protests in opposition to the fast-food large within the South American nation.
FILE PHOTO: Individuals stroll previous McDonald’s fast-food restaurant in Lima, Peru, October 1, 2017. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo/File Picture
The staff, Alexandra Porras, 18, and Carlos Campo, 19, had been electrocuted on Sunday in Pueblo Libre, a district of the capital, whereas cleansing the kitchen, police stated.
Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc, which owns and operates McDonald’s eating places in Peru and elsewhere in Latin America as an unbiased franchisor, launched an announcement on Twitter saying it was cooperating with authorities within the investigation.
It stated it had shut all its retailers within the nation for 2 days for mourning and that each one employees could be paid through the closure.
The U.S.-based McDonald’s Corp stated in an announcement that it was “profoundly saddened by the tragic accident that occurred at a McDonald’s-franchised restaurant in Peru.” It stated it was working with its native companion that was conducting “a radical investigation with native authorities.”
Native police and a Lima-based prosecutor are investigating the incident, the police and prosecutor’s workplace stated.
The Peruvian Ministry of Labor stated it could additionally perform an investigation.
The Peruvian prosecutor’s workplace stated that the police investigation would come with taking statements from restaurant house owners and staff and that the restaurant’s safety and security measures could be examined.
A minimum of 20 individuals within the residential space of Miraflores held a protest on Tuesday evening exterior a distinct McDonald’s location, in response to the workers’ deaths, calling for higher working situations.
A minimum of two younger individuals who stated they’ve labored for the chain in Peru have taken to social media since Sunday to share experiences of unsafe working situations, low wages and unpaid work.
Media representatives for McDonald’s and Arcos Dorados didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark about these accusations.
“We’re outraged. We’re residents involved about this case of job insecurity. We imagine you will need to name consideration to working situations to say what’s honest,” Luis Chuecca, a protester, informed Reuters through the demonstration.
Reporting by Marco Aquino; Writing by Cassandra Garrison and Peter Graff. Enhancing by Carmel Crimmins and Rosalba O’Brien