MAN35 Canteen Closure

The company sent out a notice to Manchester Campus staff on Friday afternoon about changes to catering provision.
The company had briefed UNITE reps in confidence about plans to close the MAN35 canteen, but the union argued that staff views should be heard before a decision was taken. Accordingly, the company notice asked for employee views.
Unfortunately the notice asking for views was a masterpiece of spin. It opened “As part of the ongoing improvements to the Manchester Campus catering provision we are proposing to consolidate the service from three outlets to two”. Many people read the notice without realising it meant the closure of the MAN35 canteen.
UNITE reps have a number of concerns, including:

  • Impact on MAN35 staff, many of whom have rigidly monitored break times, and who would have to go to another building
  • Impact on queuing in MAN34
  • Likely further reduction in usage of facilities by MAN35 staff, encouraging further cuts in provision in future

It is clear that many of these concerns are shared by local management.
Please make your own views known through your UNITE rep, your management and to Site Facilities.

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