Internal restructuring
Fyns amt;
Location of affected unit(s)
Hotel / Restaurants
Accommodation And Food Service Activities
Food And Beverage Service Activities
56.1 - Restaurants and mobile food service activities

250 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
15 April 2020
Employment effect (start)
15 April 2020
Foreseen end date


The Danish restaurant chain Jensens Bøfhus announced that it will dismiss 250 of its 700 employees due to the coronavirus crisis. The reason for the restructuring is that the restaurant chain and the union 3F have a dispute. According to Danish law, companies involved in a lockout or strike cannot obtain funds from the government's job emergency package, when they have an unsolved conflict.

On 23 March 2020 Jensens Bøfhus locked out all members of 3F, who are employed at the restaurant. The reason for the conflict is that the restaurant wanted to decrease the hourly wage by DKK 20 (€2,7 as at 24 April 2020) while it also cancelled the collective agreement with 3F. Consequently, the union disagreed and declared a conflict with restaurant's management. If the restaurant had postponed the lockout it would have been eligible for receiving DKK 30,000 (€4,023) for each employee sent home on stand by the end of the quarantine measures. 



Eurofound (2020), Jensens Bøfhus, Internal restructuring in Denmark, factsheet number 100367, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/100367.