We missed this back in July, thanks to mostintolerantreligion.com who posted it, via KFC fires worker in food mix-up – The Star | IOL.co.za.
KFC is being challenged to reinstate an employee who was dismissed for bringing non-halaal food to work.
The fast-food outlet in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal, dismissed Jabulani Cele last month. He had been working for the restaurant for six years.
The franchise is owned by the Colefax Trading (Pty) Ltd and Yum Restaurants, which follows Islam.
According to a letter of suspension handed to Cele in March, his offence was to bring non-halaal food – uphutu and bean curry – onto the restaurant’s premises.
Cele, 31, a father-of-two, said workers had been allowed to bring their own lunch and eat it in a demarcated staffroom. He said the staffroom was closed when the new employer took over last year. He said the employees were ordered to keep their lunchboxes outside the building.
He said that on the day he committed the offence, he arrived at work and entered the premises with his lunchbox. “The store manager accused me of breaching the company policy.” He was given a letter of final warning, which he refused to sign.
Cele was suspended, then dismissed last month.
Cele has referred the matter to the United Chemical Industries Mining Electrical State Health and Aligned Workers unions. The matter has been taken to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.
Yet there’s always a few who comment after every post on halal food issues that it’s a non-event, not a sign of sharia creeping into a society. The follow up: KFC told to back down over food rule
KFC has been forced to reinstate an Empangeni employee who was fired for bringing non-halaal food to work.
Jabulani Cele was to resume working at the KFC branch in the KZN town today after the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration overturned his employer’s decision to fire him.
The CCMA made public its finding on Friday, ordering Colefax Trading and Yum Restaurants to allow Cele back to work before 1pm.
Colefax and Yum own a chain of KFC restaurants around the country and have a policy that restricts employees from bringing food to work as they follow Islamic laws.
The CCMA ordered that Cele be paid about R5 200 in back-pay for two months and that he be allowed to bring his own food to work.
KFC chief marketing officer Dave Timm confirmed Cele’s reinstatement.
The trouble started in March when Cele, 31, refused to submit to the rule and brought his lunchbox, containing uphuthu and bean curry, into the KFC branch.
He was immediately handed a final written warning that he refused to sign, maintaining he had a right to bring his food to work.
He was suspended and later hauled to a disciplinary hearing that found him guilty of breaching the policy. He was fired from the job he had held for six years in June.
Cele, a father-of-two, said he was “ecstatic” to have his job back and that the CCMA ruling would benefit his colleagues who were restricted from bringing their food to work.
“But I’m also concerned that I will now be intimidated. I’m happy that, through my case, there will be changes to this oppressive policy.”