Nestlé's move from Croydon to Gatwick leaves caterers in hot water
ANGRY catering staff at Nestlé say they will be forced to pay over £2,500 in travel bills when the firm moves to Gatwick.
The team of 17 – who serve 800 of the firm's staff in the restaurant – are in dispute with new contractor Baxter Storey over the relocation plans next month.
Nestlé announced in January that it was leaving Croydon after 45 years, moving its headquarters to new premises close to Gatwick Airport.
The catering team say Baxter Storey has told them they will be dismissed without redundancy pay if they do not fund their extra travel costs.
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The employees are a group of predominantly female workers – many part-time – some of whom earn less than £7 an hour.
The move, from St George's House in Park Lane, is taking place on October 1, the same day the catering contract is being transferred from ISS Ltd to Baxter Storey.
One worker within the catering team, who the Advertiser has agreed not to name, said: "When we took these positions we took them based on the location. Now we're being asked to transfer 20 miles away.
"Some of the team physically can't do the journey because of childcare issues. We're going to be leaving home earlier, coming home later, and getting less pay.
"There's been this PR gloss about the wonderful building they're moving to, but we're going to lose £2,500.
"We have members of staff that have been here 25 years."
Our source said the close-knit group of staff felt they were between "a rock and a hard place".
The workers deal with hospitality events in the building and said they worked to "deliver the best possible service".
The GMB union is seeking an urgent meeting with Baxter Storey.
GMB organising officer Nick Day said: "It is an absolute disgrace that low-paid female workers are to be moved to a site 20 miles away at a cost to themselves of over £2,500 per year. Indeed, many will incur a childcare cost due to the extra travel time."
A Nestlé spokesman said: "As this is a matter between ISS and Baxter Storey we are unable to comment."
ISS Ltd did not wish to comment at this stage and Baxter Storey had not provided a comment as the Advertiser went to press.