Hidden cameras, mass sackings and a climate of fear: Life as a Harrods restaurant worker… That poor old Al-Thani family, possibly one of the richest in the world as the royal family of Qatar, are short of cash as owning most of London’s most expensive properties is a tight business. Of course, profiting from owning Harrods isn’t easy. So why shouldn’t they keep the 12.5% service charge added to the Harrods restaurant bills for their own profit?
After all, their low-paid workers would only waste it on unaffordable housing and food.
Politics.co.uk: Hidden cameras, mass sackings and a climate of fear: Life as a Harrods restaurant worker
The company employs more than 450 employees in its 16 restaurants. Workers say that every few months or so, bosses will make several sackings in one go. They believe it’s used as a way to let the staff know they are dispensable.
“It’s how they keep you down,” David says. “It sends a message out to staff. We know we can be sacked for small things, so are scared to complain when there’s a problem.”
In the summer, workers say that bosses sacked almost the entire staff of one restaurant apparently because they were caught eating while on duty… full article here