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Copenhagen Airport catering firm announces job losses

Gate Gourmet, a company which operates catering services at Copenhagen Airport, has confirmed several hundred job losses at the airport.

Copenhagen Airport catering firm announces job losses
Gate Gourmet trucks at Zurich Airport. File photo: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The redundancies were first reported by Fagbladet 3F, the media produced by trade union 3F, which has over 400 members with Gate Gourmet.

The company provides the majority of catering services at Copenhagen Airport. Around 600 of its 800 employees are 3F members.

Staff were expected to receive notification on Wednesday of whether they will be kept on or let go.

 

“This is a terrible situation. I’m deeply upset by the impact of this on so many people,” Gate Gourmet union representative Jan Thomsen said.

The company is the latest of several Copenhagen Airport firms to announce job losses as a result of the impact of the coronavirus crisis on air travel.

Last month saw around 2,500 people lose their work with companies including SAS Ground Handling, Aviator and Sodexo.

Given that many airlines are currently not serving food in-flight as part of measures to hinder spread of coronavirus, Gate Gourmet remains vulnerable to the current situation.

READ ALSO: Copenhagen Airport increases free Covid-19 testing for all passengers

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Labour shortage hits half of Danish companies in construction sector

A record-high shortage of labour at some Danish companies is exacerbated in some places by a lack of materials, according to new data.

A file photo of construction in Aalborg. As many of half of construction companies in Denmark currently report a lack of labour.
A file photo of construction in Aalborg. As many of half of construction companies in Denmark currently report a lack of labour. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

The construction industry reports a lack of labour at around half of all companies, according to a survey by Statistics Denmark, based on responses from businesses.

In the service industry, which includes restaurants, hotels and cleaning, one in three companies reported a lack of workforce.

Some industries, notable machinery related businesses, also said they are short of materials currently.

The lack of labour is holding the Danish economy back, according to an analyst.

“Never before have we seen such a comprehensive lack of labour in the Danish economy,” senior economist Søren Kristensen of Sydbank said.

“It’s a shame and it’s a genuine problem for a significant number of the businesses which at the moment are losing revenue as a consequence of the lack of labour,” Kristensen continued.

“That is costly, including for all of Denmark’s economic growth. Even though we on one side can be pleased that it’s going well for the Danish economy, we can also regret that it could have been even better,” the economist said in a comment to news wire Ritzau.

Despite the lack of labour, businesses have their most positive outlook for years, according to Statistics Denmark.

The data agency based its conclusions on a large volume of responses from companies related to revenues, orders and expectations for the future.

The numbers are processed into a measure termer business confidence or erhvervstillid in Danish. The October score for the metric is 118.7, the highest since 2010, although there are differences between sectors.

READ ALSO: Are international workers the answer to Denmark’s labour shortage?

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