Heathrow catering company plans to make 1,068…

Heathrow catering company plans to make 1,068 workers redundant – there’s not enough demand for airline meals
2020-11-14 12:51:00
The Heathrow catering company DO & CO is planning to make 1,068 workers redundant, as there is not enough work for them – with so few flights.  The Austrian-owned company’s biggest customer is British Airways, with a 10 year BA contract. The total in the company to have lost their jobs will be 1,377, including voluntary redundancies, since the coronavirus pandemic started in March.  Just 507 staff will be left. DO & CO has decided not to use the furlough scheme, which would have seen staff be paid 80% of their wages until at least March 2021. The Unite trade union said DO & CO was the only Heathrow catering company not to engage constructively with the union over furlough. It wants talks and the company not to agree to make the staff redundant before Christmas.  Unite says:  “We are naming and shaming DO &CO as an example of corporate callousness … and pointing out the indirect reputational damage to British Airways…” If there is going to be a contraction of the aviation sector, with fewer people flying than in 2019 for several years to come, how are staff to continue to be employed, in a company that has no work for them? It is likely that air travel demand will never return to its 2019 level. It shows how vulnerable an area is if too dependent on an airport. .Tweet     Heathrow catering company plans to axe more than 1,000 workers The company reportedly refused to furlough staff and instead chose to make them redundant By Sam Truelove Senior reporter (My London) 10 NOV 2020 Heathrow catering company DO & CO is planning on making more than 1,000 workers A Heathrow Airport catering company, whose biggest customer is British Airways, has announced it will make more than 1,000 workers redundant. Austrian-owned DO & CO has said that it will be making 1,068 staff redundant, bringing a total of 1,377 job losses, including voluntary redundancies, since the coronavirus pandemic started in March. Just 507 staff will be left after the latest jobs’ cull. DO & CO refused to use the furlough scheme, which would have seen staff be paid 80 per cent of their wages until at least March. Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said DO &am

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