The John Lewis Partnership, which owns supermarkets, department stores and provides banking services, announced on Wednesday that it will be offering free meals to all employees, including temporary workers and agents, during business hours for three months starting in October.
Those who work the four-hour shift will receive one free food, while those who work eight hours can get two, a company spokesman told CNN Business.
Workers with access to staff canteens will be offered a range of options, including breakfasts, soups, curries, pasta dishes and Sunday roasts, the spokesman said. Company truck drivers will receive pre-ordered packed lunches.
John Lewis is the largest employee-owned company in the United Kingdom, meaning that around 78,000 of its permanent employees are partners. receive a share of the annual profit and have say how it works.
More pain comes. The Bank of England is forecasting inflation to rise to 13% before the end of the year, while analysts at Goldman Sachs expect it to hit a whopping 22% in January if natural gas prices don’t come down before then.