Wetherspoons to cut up to 450 jobs from six restaurants in airports due to coronavirus


WETHERSPOONS has announced plans to cut 450 jobs across six of its airport restaurants.

The jobs cull would affect staff in Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports.

JD Wetherspoon is cutting jobs following the coronavirus crisis

The popular pub chain has written to 1,000 people to inform them that a possible 400 to 450 positions are at risk of redundancy.

It comes hours after the Prime Ministers said that pubs would be subject to a 10pm curfew in a bid to fend off a second wave of the virus. 

Wetherspoon will now start a consultation process with affected employees.

Wetherspoons chief executive John Hutson said: “The decision is mainly a result of a downturn in trade in these pubs, linked with the large reduction in passenger numbers using the airports.

“We should emphasise that no firm decisions have been made at this stage.

“The company will listen to suggestions from staff to help avoid or reduce the number of compulsory redundancies which are required.

“Wetherspoons is proposing to collectively consult with employees through an employment representative committee, which will be established for this purpose.”

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