Commenting on the collapse of Jamie Oliver’s restaurant group today (21 May), Unite national officer Louisa Bull said: “News that Jamie Oliver’s restaurant group has gone into administration, putting 1,300 jobs at risk is a devastating blow for the chain’s hardworking and loyal workforce.

“This is another dark day for the UK high street, following hard on the heels of the collapse of Patisserie Valerie early this year. Restaurants are not being helped by the current economic uncertainty, although those businesses like Jamie Oliver’s that dashed for expansion in recent years seem particularly precarious. As ever, it is the workers at the restaurant and in the supply chain who bear the heavy cost of boardroom decisions.

“Unite, which has some members working in the Jamie’s Italian chain , is seeking urgent assurances that the staff will be protected and paid all the money they’re owed, including wages, holiday and redundancy.”


For more information please contact Unite campaigns officer Chantal Chegrinec on 07774 146 777.

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  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.