Alyss Bowen | Social Media Editor | Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Eat To Stop Paying Staff For Lunch Breaks. Customers To Stop Buying Food There

Eat To Stop Paying Staff For Lunch Breaks. Customers To Stop Buying Food There

The Debrief: Stop paying staff for their lunch breaks and you might lose some customers...

Another day, another national living wage scandal. This time in the form of popular lunch time coffee chain, Eat, who have decided to stop paying it’s employees during their half hour lunch breaks after the increase of the national living wage. 

The wage change, set by chancellor George Osborne, means all employees over the age of 25 must now be paid £7.20 an hour, instead of last years £6.70 hourly minimum wage. While the wage increase is good news for those on minimum wage, it’s bad news for Eat staff, as the company will no longer cover the cost of their mid-shift breaks. Caffe Nero also confirmed the same policy last week. 

Eat have commented, saying that: 'ninety-five percent of our employees enjoy a pay rate in excess of the £7.20 living wage…in addition, all of our employees also get a free lunch every day that they work, as much free tea and coffee as they want and the opportunity to earn more through bonuses and incentives.' 

But where’s the dollar for taking a 30 minute break to get some well deserved fresh air, hey Eat? That increase in salary doesn't make up for the lack of lunch break pay. Staff aren’t happy about the news, and nor were people on Twitter. 

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Tags: Food, Money worries