Plaid Cymru Member of Parliament for Arfon Hywel Williams has denounced fast-food giant KFC for prohibiting a member of staff from speaking Welsh at their Bangor store.
Hywel Williams has raised the matter in the House of Commons. His Parliamentary Motion (EDM2638) which calls on KFC to apologise and adopt a policy that enables Welsh speakers’ right to communicate in their language of choice, has secured cross-party support from Labour, the SNP and Conservative Party.
Mr Williams has taken up the case of constituent Ceri Hughes from Y Felinheli who was told by a supervisor at the Bangor branch of KFC ‘not to talk to customers in Welsh’.
Hywel Williams MP said: “I’m angry that a company such as KFC has established itself in a Welsh-speaking area of its own volition, yet thinks in 2019 it can not only stop people from speaking the majority language of the local authority but also the official language of Wales.
“This is nothing but a violent denial of a basic human right – to speak your own language, in your own community, in your own country.
“In an area such as Bangor where there is a high number of Welsh speakers, it is highly likely that such a policy would deny staff members the right to converse in their own language.
“I call on KFC to apologise unreservedly and adopt a policy that enables Welsh speakers’ right to communicate in their language of choice. The ability to speak Welsh is a legitimate occupational qualification and is a valuable asset for employees.”