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Some restaurant employees at crisis-hit Debenhams say they will be made redundant at the end of the month. Staff say they will not receive redundancy pay from the company and will not have paid notice periods. They heard during a conference call on 28 May that administrators had decided to close a majority of store cafes. Debenhams said it was pursuing a "leaner and more flexible operating model" to help it adapt to changes in the retail industry. The company fell into administration for the second time in a year in April. Catering staff were told in an email that, because they were losing their job on 31 May, they were no longer eligible for the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme that pays 80% of salaries. Full story

30 May