January 16, 2015
A string of wildcat strikes by staff working in the Commission’s canteen resulted in long queues at Exki, and long faces in the Berlaymont.
A well-placed source whispered that the problem stemmed from the declining quality of lunch. Caterers Ciano, who took over in January 2014, aren’t as popular as their predecessor.
Takings are thought to be down. There have been lay-offs, which sparked the strikes, and which in turn will drive custom down even further.
It’s a vicious circle, we were told by the committed gossiper, who admitted that the allegations were entirely based on unsubstantiated rumour.
But it’s not just the officials and canteen staff who are getting grumpy. Other “steak-holders” in the canteen are as well.
Many in the press corps still wistfully look back to the days of Illy coffee being served in the press bar, and hanker willfully for its return.
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