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MP criticises Mitchells and Butlers over plans for staff amid site closure

01 July 2019 by
MP criticises Mitchells and Butlers over plans for staff amid site closure

Mitchells and Butlers has faced criticism over its handling of the closure of the Fair Maid Stonehouse restaurant near Perth city centre with an MP claiming it has not been transparent with staff.

The Stonehouse pizza and carvery concept was one of three sites managed by the pub, bar and restaurant group in the city until its final service on Sunday. It is currently unclear if the site could open under an alternative concept or how many staff may lose their jobs as a result of the closure.

Scottish Nationalist Party MP for Perth and North Perthshire, Pete Wishart, said it was "imperative that the company engage with staff, unions and local elected members" to open dialogue with stakeholders.

He added: "I am disappointed to see that Mitchells & Butlers are not being more transparent with what the closure of the Fair Maid Stonehouse will mean for staff here in Perth.

"They have been unable to provide any information about the numbers of current employees or what the future may hold for them. We know that the company have other businesses in the area, but they have been unwilling to disclose any further information about whether or not staff could be moved to these sites"

Speaking after the closure of the restaurant, a spokesperson for the company said: "We're continuing discussions with employees about future redeployment opportunities and still hope to redeploy as many as possible at our other nearby businesses."

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