From top: Sarah McInerney; Supermac’s founder Pat McDonagh
Multi-Millionaire (worth €120m) Pat McDonagh owner of SuperMacs says young lads getting the Pandemic Unemployment Payments of €350 is like them winning the Lotto.
We will beat the virus but the parasites ?
Ask him do staff have to pay for their uniforms @TodayRadioRTE ?
— Mick Caul (@caulmick) May 28, 2020
I worked in a hotel owned by Pat McDonagh in 2017 and 50c an hour was taken from our min wage for food, whether you were on a full shift with breaks for a meal or not🤷♀️
— Orla Dwyer (@orladwyer_) May 28, 2020
Absolutely love Sarah McInerney for asking him why -when Supermacs were making big profits – was he not paying workers the living wage and why he was charging them 1.60 for their lunch. ‘Would you not give them a bag of chips?’.
— Chella ní Dhubhagáin (@ChellaDug) May 28, 2020
RTE Radio One’s Today with Sarah McInerney.
‘Do you think things like that aren’t an incentive to come back to work when you’re taking 20c off somebody who is earning the minimum wage an hour?’ she said.
[Pat McDonagh replied] ‘That’s not the point at all Sarah, the point is they get a meal worth €10, if we charge €1.60 for the meal then I think the value is much greater and they can get a coffee or a break whenever they want.’
He said that the docking of pay for meals ‘hasn’t been an issue up to now’ and that it seems his staff are ‘quite happy’.
‘Of course you’re going to get the exceptions here and there but that’s okay. That’s business. ‘