Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
London; Outer London; Outer London - West and North West
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation, Postal And Courier Activities
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation
52.2 - Support activities for transportation

670 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
10 August 2005
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


A high profile industrial dispute has led to some 2,000 catering workers, including 670 fired staff , being offered enhanced redundancy payments by Gate Gourmet if they agree to quit the company. Both the Transport & General Workers Union and the firm - which supplies airline meals to British Airways - look keen to settle the dispute. The redundancy offer - worth two-and-a-half times the statutory minimum - will be made by letter to all the workers. The deal was agreed after a day of further talks with the union.

A spokesman for the company, which hired agency workers at lower rates of pay to fill the gap left by the strikers they fired, said it still needed 675 voluntary redundancies. Much will depend on how many people decide to take the cash and look for new jobs.


  • 12 August 2005: The Financial Times
  • 27 August 2005: The Guardian


Eurofound (2005), Gate Gourmet, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 62157, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/62157.