In conversation with The Oracle, we have been told that Chick-Fil-A will not trade beyond its current six-month pilot period.
The Oracle Management have also stated they will review their selection process and ensure a more thorough check is in place.
Reading Pride has offered to be a consultant on any potential issues that may be uncovered around LGBT+ matters.
The reason for allowing them to remain for six months is to allow for re-settlement and notice for employees that have moved from other jobs.
We feel this is a reasonable request.
However, as the restaurant will be profiting from unsuspecting patrons, we will continue with the protest on Saturday, to advise where their money could go.
We would like to make the following statements:
Chick-fil-A losing their jobs
We regret the loss of jobs; however, they have been given 6 months’ notice.
This is a more than reasonable amount of time to plan in a industry with generally high labour turn over due to the nature of the work.
If Chick-fil-A’s own statement is to go by, they had not planned on remaining at The Oracle past six months anyway.
Protesting purely for differing beliefs
We are not protesting due to the differing beliefs. We are protesting because of the actions of their beliefs. They have links to conversion therapies, and the progress of the “kill the gays” law in Uganda. Chick-fil-A (at time of writing) has not responded to the contrary, about the allegations and information uncovered to Reading Pride. Therefore, we feel justified in our actions.
Why aren’t you protesting, Muslims who are anti LGBT / Stores with chequered pasts / Animal slaughter / Halal? (to name a few)
The issues are not mutually exclusive. We are tackling this from the anti-LGBT+ activities we have come to learn. The passion and concern in those matters witnessed could go a long way to support other pressure groups tackling the other issues that have been raised.