Mitchells & Butlers has begun redundancy consultations with a number of its 44,000 staff because of falling sales and COVID-19 trade restrictions. The Harvester, O’Neill’s and All Bar One operator is yet to disclose how many jobs are at risk, but M&B has said that it hopes to redeploy affected staff wherever possible. Last month it reported a 35% fall in sales over the year.
A spokesperson was quoted saying, “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.
“M&B, like many others in the sector, has taken the very difficult and regrettable decision to open redundancy consultations with a number of our front-line team and will seek to redeploy affected staff wherever possible. 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 that has been repeatedly singled out and taken the full brunt of restrictions.”