Caffe Nero will no longer provide its staff with a free lunch while on shift following the introduction of the new National Living Wage.Well, that's a turn up for the books! Gosh. Who could have predicted this?
The company said the change in wages, which came into force on 1 April, will have a “significant financial impact of the business” and they are therefore looking into new ways to cut down on costs.*munches popcorn*
Oh. Sorry. That was a bit insensitive...
...staff told BBC Newsbeat their food choices were now being restricted.No they aren't. You can eat whatever you want. It's just that now, you have to pay for it.
One claimed: "Before the National Living Wage increase we were allowed to order whatever we wanted off the menu.
"Now we're only allowed to order a plain margherita or a plain cheese and tomato pasta. Any additional toppings we have to pay for at cost price.
"The staff don't seem to be very happy about it as it was one of the benefits of working there."But other people thought that they knew best. They thought that the benefit of working there should be a 'living wage'. They thought that companies - which exist to make a profit, after all - would swallow the cost.
They were wrong. As anyone with half a brain could have told them.