Mitchells & Butlers set for redundancies as consultation process launched

By James McAllister

- Last updated on GMT

Photo credit: Wiki Commons (TR Wolf)
Photo credit: Wiki Commons (TR Wolf)

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Harvester and All Bar One operator Mitchells & Butlers has entered into redundancy consultations with staff, as it works to deal with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The group, which operates around 1,700 pubs and restaurants across the UK and has around 44,000 employees, did not disclose how many jobs were at risk, but confirmed that 'a number' of its front-line team would be affected.

A spokesperson for the company described it as 'a difficult and regrettable decision', adding that the group would 'seek to redeploy affected staff wherever possible'.

"Our industry is operating in exceptionally challenging and uncertain circumstances.

“While we have worked incredibly hard to make sites Covid-19 secure and keep staff and customers safe, we are facing significant difficulties from the recently introduced 10pm curfew for pubs, bars and restaurants, new enforced closures and tapering government support that doesn’t go far enough.”

In their statement, Mitchells & Butlers' spokesperson also called for further Government support for the hospitality sector.

“With trading restrictions and uncertainty likely to continue for the foreseeable future, we strongly urge the government to step up the level of support it is offering to an industry which has been repeatedly singled out and taken the full brunt of restrictions.”

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