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Thank you to Pret A Manger Employees for your courage to inform the public and colleagues! Join a Union!
After a video was leaked to me last week, which I passed on to the press, that Pret will make a bulk announcement on the “job situation” on 8th July, Pret made that shop closure and job cuts announcement to the press yesterday and further announcements to staff a few minutes ago today (07. July).
Pret’s announcement came via Zoom call again a day after telling the press.
The following cuts Pret is doing, apart from shop closures and job cuts among other things:
- The shops that remain open will have a reduced number of Team Members (like always! LOL!)
- No more paid breaks
- The hourly Mystery Shopper bonus goes from £1 per hour down to 50p per hour
- The 50% rebates on purchases outside working hours goes down to 25%
- Full time contracted hours of 35 down to 28 hours for those who remain. No choice. And knowing Pret and their management style, it will be less than 28 hours. Good luck!
Please be aware that for the previous benefits, Pret front-line staff have to work twice for it.
And it wasn’t CEO Pano Christou making the announcement like he did in the leaked video. This announcement was made again via a Zoom session, but this time by a FEMALE regional Manager, as usual. Pano (like Clive Schlee) wouldn’t get their hands dirty like that. And as usual, they use a woman to face the music!
My thoughts among other things, but I won’t elaborate anymore: I’d rather have no staff discount but a paid break. Staff discounts still pull money out of employee’s pockets. Not to mention the free coffees/teas and 50% rebates to NHS staff recently and Pret raising money for homeless people while potentially putting own staff on the streets.
If people think that the previous benefits before the cut are generous perks, please know that Pret workers have to slave double for it. Pret had NO choice then to give a little more than the competition as the company is extremely micromanaging with a bullying culture. When people start new in Pret, they seem to get higher wage and benefits, but little do they know that they will 1. work double for it and 2. won’t get promotions for years! And now, they get so many cuts, unless they are desperate for a job, many may walk out now.
Only 3 of the many General Manager (GM) reviews on how employees are overworked, not paid for overtime:
Some more of the many complaints:
I worked at Pret A Manger and survived systemic workplace bullying during bereavement that involved HR, the top leadership, HQ and even the now “retired” former CEO Clive Schlee. I declined 4 settlement offers if I am silent about my ordeal. But I rather speak out to help others. For an overview of important blog entries of my experience with Pret, please visit “My Ordeal with Pret A Manger”. The little arrow to the right next to each heading will lead directly to the post.
An incomplete list on what other Pret staff say about Pret’s bullying environment: Caught in the Act Bullying at Pret.
I tell my story for the first time verbally in below audio player interview on a podcast by The Adam Paradox, and wrote two articles in the Scottish Left Review.
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