According to reports from the BBC, more than 20% of staff at Cardiff Bus could be facing redundancy due to the industry-wide drop in passengers because of the coronavirus situation. The BBC has reported that it has seen a letter sent to the operator’s 700 staff in which council-owned Cardiff Bus said it ‘will need to dismiss as redundant at least 130 members of staff across the entire workforce’ in order to ensure it ‘can be viable at 80% pre-Covid income.’
Cardiff Bus told the BBC that it was in discussion with staff and trade unions, and cited the end of the UK government’s furlough scheme in October and the fact its passenger base was anticipated to grow to a maximum of 45% of pre-Covid levels as the reason for the proposed cuts.
“Like all responsible businesses, we’re constantly assessing how we can remain fit for the future,” a spokesperson told the BBC. “We are currently entering into a period of discussions with staff and their unions about possible options for reshaping and modernising our company for the future.”