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Author Topic: SSP (Upper Crust) cuts jobs - effect on station catering?  (Read 201 times)
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« on: Yesterday at 06:51:54 am »

From Sky News

Coronavirus: Upper Crust owner SSP to announce 5,000 UK job cuts

The redundancies to be announced on Wednesday equate to more than half of SSPís UK workforce, Sky News learns.

A high proportion of station catering is run by SSP ... many of us have used / been using the Bite card which (I think) is purely their promotion, if that helps some readers identify which outlets may be effected.  Gonna be hard to keep them all open and trading the same hours with 5,000 less staff.

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« Reply #1 on: Yesterday at 11:34:44 am »

A high proportion of station catering is run by SSP

Indeed, easily the majority I would say.  As well as Upper Crust, they operate many other station outlets including Caffe Ritazza, Burger King, Starbucks, YO! Sushu, and (surprisingly to some) M&S Simply Food halls.  Not to mention the RG (formerley Rail Gourmet) on board catering that some GWR trains have.

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« Reply #2 on: Yesterday at 01:24:50 pm »

And they run catering outlets at Airports as well.

So my guess would be that these people are being made redundent now because the furlough scheme will probably end before these stores can re-open and they dont want to keep paying some or all of the wages while they have no or little income.

And if these stores reopen this year or next year then they will readvertise the jobs.
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« Reply #3 on: Yesterday at 05:20:27 pm »

Also from next month they start to become liable for an increasing proportion of the furlough costs. They would start the redundancy process sometime in advance of that as a properly run exercise takes some weeks.
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