Former Barnet Council run Kosher Kitchen Service is closed without notice.
Barnet UNISON is sad to report that the Kosher Kitchen catering service which after decades of providing school meals was closed on Friday 5 May 2023.
40 catering workers were asked to attend a meeting last Friday at short notice where they were informed that the service was closing today.
UNISON has been sent the HR1 form which sets out the details of the redundancy.
The reason given for issuing redundancy is “insolvency.”
In response to this news Barnet UNISON has asked Barnet Council to take back the Kosher Kitchen service in order that catering services to the schools can continue.
We are hearing news that many of the schools had no warning the service would close, and no one knows who will be providing school meals this week.
Our members are distraught they had no idea that their jobs were at risk. All 40 staff were told to sign on this week.
In the meantime, we are arranging urgent meetings with our members.
Barnet UNISON is clear that the Kosher Kitchen service must remain open in Barnet.
“The One Barnet/Easy Council mass outsourcing policy has failed the Kosher Kitchen Service. It has failed to ensure schools meals for the children who relied on it. This is a service with a long tradition of providing kosher meals for pupils. Barnet Council must step up and save this service to ensure the pupils at the schools have a reliable excellent service going forward.” John Burgess, Branch Secretary, Barnet UNISON
Note to Editors: Contact details: Barnet UNISON on or 020 8359 2088 or email: John.Burgess@barnetunison.org.uk
The Kosher Kitchen Service was outsourced by Barnet Council in 2016 to ISS.
In 2021 and 2022, the Kosher Kitchen service including staff was TUPED to Signature Education.
On 1 March 2023 Signature Education TUPED the Kosher Kitchen service including staff to London Kosher Caterer.
The Kosher Kitchen Service used to provide a service for the following schools:
Hasmonean Primary School, Beis Yaakov Primary School, Pardes House Primary School, Menorah Primary School, Sacks Morasha Primary School, Rimon Primary School, Mathilda Marks Kennedy, Beit Shvidler Primary School, Nancy Reuben, Etz Chaim, IJDS, Menorah Foundation, Hasmonean High School MAT (2 schools), Kosher CPU.