Responding to reports that the Restaurant Group is to close between 100-120 Frankie and Benny restaurants across the UK, putting 3,000 hospitality jobs at risk including at its 15 outlets in Wales, Peter Hughes, Unite Regional Secretary commented;
“This is more grim news for Welsh hospitality workers, many of those who will lose their jobs will be young people. The hospitality sector has been devastated by the coronavirus crisis, urgent action by employers and government is desperately needed to give our younger generations the hope of future employment. Unite is urging the Restaurant Group to think again and use the UK government’s furlough scheme to save these jobs. These are unprecedented times, but the last thing these workers and this industry needs are knee-jerk reactions.
Right across the hospitality sector, many employers are using the current crisis to dump their workforce or attack workers’ pay and conditions. Job losses and closures are piling up. The UK Government must act now to stop this race to the bottom and save our high streets, tourism attractions and coastal towns from what could be a very bleak future. What we need from government’s is a clear plan of action and a support package to help the hospitality sector. Accompanying this should be a wider plan to change the industry and ensure its workers are up-skilled, better paid and have access to recognised trade unions in their workplace”.