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UK pub chain Marston’s axes 2,150 jobs on virus curbs

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UK pub chain Marston’s axes 2,150 jobs on virus curbs

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'Inevitably, and regrettably, recent restrictions will impact jobs,' says Marston's, which employs some 14,000 people across 1,400 pubs, restaurants, and hotels in the UK

British pub chain Marston’s on Thursday, October 15, said it will axe about 2,150 jobs after the government imposed stricter rules on the opening of venues owing to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The affected staff are currently on the United Kingdom government’s furlough scheme that is paying the bulk of wages for millions of workers but which is being watered down from November.

Marston’s employs some 14,000 people across 1,400 pubs, restaurants, and hotels in the UK. 

“Inevitably, and regrettably, recent restrictions will impact jobs,” the group said in a statement. 

The government has ordered a majority of pubs currently allowed to remain open to shut each night by 10 pm. 

While only around 90 minutes earlier than usual on average, pub bosses claim the move means people just stay at home rather than visiting their local establishment.

Thursday’s announcement comes one week after rival pub firm Greene King said it would cut 800 jobs. – Rappler.com