A HOSPITALITY group which owns one of Glasgow’s most famous restaurants has told over 200 employees they are at risk of redundancy.
The group behind Rogano – which has accommodated famous visitors such as Rod Stewart and Elizabeth Taylor – told 240 employees across six of their units last week that their jobs are at risk.
In an e-mail seen by the Glasgow Times, Lynnet Leisure announced a consultation process would be held for hundreds of staff employed between 29 Private Members’ Club, Citation Taverne and Restaurant, The Chippy Doon the Lane, Rogano, One Up Glasgow and Bread and Butter.
The email disclosed to the workers that they would not be permitted to be accompanied by their union representative at the consultation – which could result in their employment termination.
It reads: “We do not believe there is a need for you to have a union representative at this meeting (nor is there a legal entitlement to be accompanied).
“On this basis, we will not permit you to be accompanied at this stage of the process by a union representative.”
Unite Hospitality have since hit out at the group, dubbing their process as “nothing short of disgraceful” and “morally unacceptable” as it urges Lynnet Leisure to reconsider the timing of redundancies.
A spokesman said: “The way in which Lynnet Leisure have treated their staff during this already difficult time is nothing short of disgraceful. There is an alternative to mass redundancy available till at least October 31 in the Job Retention Scheme.
“Instead, Lynnet have set an arbitrary date to terminate all staff by August 31 because from September 1 they will be expected to contribute a measly 10% towards their wages.
“The company have made it clear that they have no intention of mitigating the mass redundancy of 240 loyal workers.
“They refused to even consider entirely reasonable and fully costed alternative proposals put forward by our members to avoid or at least reduce job losses. All while they continue to take bookings for lucrative weddings for early next year.”
The union has warned that the denial of a representative during the consultation process could result in a legal dispute.
They added: “To then deny our members trade union representation at the consultation meetings which will eventually result in their termination is not just morally unacceptable, it may bring the company into legal disrepute – strengthening our case for unfair dismissal and failure to consult at employment tribunal.”
Lynnet Leisure said they cannot provide comment until the consultation process has been completed.
A spokeswoman said: “The company is currently in a period of meaningful consultation with all colleagues on suggestions to avoid redundancy. There will be no further comment from the company until that process has concluded.”