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Berlin hospitality industry suffer extreme staff shortage as 300 000 exit

10 September 2021 1:56 PM
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Germany
Berlin
Lester Kiewit
DW
Deutsche Welle
Covid-19 in Germany
The Morning Review
Clifford Coonan

Lester Kiewit interviews Deutsche Welle (DW) correspondent Clifford Coonan.
  • In Berlin, the restaurants are packed – but they can’t find staff to serve their customers

  • The staff shortages are extreme and unprecedented

  • 300 000 people have left the hospitality industry in the past year


Berlin, Germany. © jakobradlgruber/123rf.com

Berlin’s hospitality industry is suffering acute staff shortages.

Nearly every restaurant or bar you pass have “staff wanted” signs, but few people are applying.

About 300 000 employees have left the industry in the past year, many indicating it is for good.

The same phenomenon can be seen in other cities across Europe.

Lester Kiewit interviewed Deutsche Welle (DW) correspondent Clifford Coonan (scroll up to listen).

It’s really quite remarkable… the pavements are packed with tables. People are eating out again… employers just cannot get staff…

Clifford Coonan, Deutsche Welle

We’ve never had to deal with this before… A lot of people just didn’t come back… A lot of workers from central Europe went back…

Clifford Coonan, Deutsche Welle

People did feel exposed… There are 300 000 people who left the industry… People just don’t feel they want to go back to that…

Clifford Coonan, Deutsche Welle

If you want to sit inside you must show your Covid pass proving you’ve been double-jabbed, or you’ve had the virus and recovered. The problem is going to be when the summer ends…

Clifford Coonan, Deutsche Welle

The clubs have been very badly hit… The Berghain – a very famous, dark club here in Berlin – became a popup art gallery… People are looking forward to that [2022 Berlin Love Parade] …

Clifford Coonan, Deutsche Welle



10 September 2021 1:56 PM
Tags:
Germany
Berlin
Lester Kiewit
DW
Deutsche Welle
Covid-19 in Germany
The Morning Review
Clifford Coonan

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