EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Portugal
Region: Continente
Location of affected unit(s): Portugal


Sector: Hotel / restaurants
Accomodation and food service activities
56.1 - Restaurants and mobile food service activities
Group: Compass

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 08-03-2021
Planned Job Reductions min: 146
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring

Additional Information

The catering company Eurest, part of the British group Compass, is to layoff 146 workers in Portugal. Redundancies mostly include catering workers, but also a smaller part of the business area.

The closed workplaces and the consequent decrease of requested meals due to the COVID-19 crisis are the main reasons for the dismissal process.

Unions pointed out that there are no other companies in the canteen sector with collective redundancy processes underway. Moreover, they added that 141 of the 146 involved employees are women. 

Eurest, which has a turnover of over 100 million euros per year, has received and continues to receive support from the state during this pandemic period. However, In October of 2020, the company has already laid off 122 workers. The news follows 160 redundancies in Luxembourg in February 2021.