Previous Article Next Article McDonald’s rapped over child labourOn 1 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Fast food giant McDonald’s has been fined £12,400 after two of itsrestaurants were found guilty of exploiting child labour. The fine, plus £60 costs, is one of the biggest of its kind. McDonald’sadmitted 20 offences of illegally employing school children. The restaurants in Guildford, Surrey were operated through a franchisecalled Ikhya Enterprises. Schoolchildren aged 15 and 16 were found by Surrey County Council employmentofficers to be regularly working late into the night before and after school days.Ian Hart, Surrey County Council employment officer, said, “It has to beone of the most serious cases we have seen.” Children aged 13 to 16 can legally only work 12 hours a week, includingSaturdays, during term time and not after 7pm. Bharti Patel, director of the Low Pay Unit, described the case as”shocking”. McDonald’s said it was conducting an internal review of how it monitored itsfranchises, which account for about 33 per cent of its 1,170 UK restaurants. The restaurant is no longer employing children under school leaving age, itadded. Related posts:No related photos.