All KFC restaurants in the district remain closed

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     COLONEL SANDERS KFC is the third biggest fast-food chain in the world

GETTY COLONEL SANDERS KFC is the third biggest fast-food chain in the world

In a statement on its Twitter page, KFC confirmed its stores across Ireland were operating, despite hundreds of its restaurants remaining shut in the UK.

More than 500 KFC outlets in the United Kingdom still remain closed though - they've put details of which stores are open on their website.

Adding to its problems, employees of the fast food chain have been accused of attempting to sneak chicken in through the back door of a KFC store in Erith, southeast London.

According to KFC, it had brought a new delivery partner "on board" and had a couple "teething problems" meaning that some restaurants were without chicken.

However, 80% of KFC outlets are run on a franchise basis.

The statement listed KFC restaurants that were still open despite the problems.

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Around 700 KFC restaurants closed this week, staff are losing out on wages and furious customers are so annoyed some are bothering the police about the crisis.

DHL has since apologised "for any inconvenience", and said it was working to rectify operational issues that would solve the chicken shortage as soon as possible.

The chicken shortage at KFC continues.

However, Mark Rix, GMB national officer, accused KFC of "penny-pinching" and said the decision had not only cost 255 jobs at Bidvest, but had left workers at some closed KFC restaurants not getting paid enough.

A new three-way partnership between KFC, DHL and food service logistics provider QSL was announced in November a year ago.

Until mid-February, chicken was delivered to KFC's fast food outlets by specialist food distribution group Bidvest, and the delivery issue started after the contract was switched to DHL. With the help of our partner QSL, we are committed to step by step improvements to allow KFC to re-open its stores over the coming days.

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