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Whitbread withdrawal from ethical workplace code ‘slap in the face’, says Unite

UK hospitality group Whitbread’s withdrawal from the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) just 18 months after it was granted foundation stage membership, is a “slap in the face” to its 50,000-strong UK workforce, trade union Unite has said. The ETI board of directors were informed of the resignation of the Premier Inn and Costa Coffee owner at a board meeting last week (Thursday 14 September). Unite has been highly critical of Whitbread’s apparent refusal in the last year to accept that the ETI’s nine ‘good labour practice’ codes apply equally to its directly employed UK workforce as to workers in its


Whitbread to supply its own water

Whitbread, the UK’s largest hotel, restaurant and coffee shop operator, is to supply its own water and wastewater services, making it the first major hospitality company to be granted a self-supply licence by economic regulator Ofwat. With the opening up of the water retail market earlier this year, eligible companies and other organisations can now self-supply and manage their own water retail services, cutting out the need for a separate wholesaler and the additional costs that may come with it. The new open water market is the largest of its kind in the world and allows businesses, public bodies and


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