Wayne made redundant - weeks after being welcomed back to the Quadrant
Just over a month ago, his return to the Quadrant was hailed by managers, for the skills he’d honed in his 26-years experience in hospitality.
But now, almost six weeks later, Wayne Phillips has left his job as manager of Trencher’s cafe in the Quadrant Centre.
And the 46-year-old, who has served former PM Tony Blair as well as looking after the Queen and 500 guests, says he feels let down after allegedly being asked to continue doing the same job until Christmas on a reduced wage.
Mr Phillips, from Llansamlet said: “I feel disappointed, frustrated and upset.
“I was so excited to return to the Quadrant, but was told over the weekend my position as manager had been made redundant,
“I was told they had to save money, and I could leave immediately, or stay on until Christmas with a decrease in wages.
“So I could work myself into the ground in the build-up to the festive season, on a reduced wage, and then I would be on my way anyway.
“The thing I’ll miss most is the customers. But I also feel very let down”.
Wayne’s career boasts spells at the Bluebell Hotel in Neath, the Village in SA1 and Gwalia Housing, while in 2008, as catering and events manager at the Dylan Thomas Centre, he oversaw a meal at Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall where the guests of honour were the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
He returned to the Quadrant Centre, where he began his career at what was then called The Gallery, when he saw the owners of Trenchers Café were seeking a new manager.
He was even welcomed back by former security staff, some of whom worked with him all those years ago.
A Trenchers spokesperson said: “Due to restructuring within the company Wayne’s position became redundant.
“We did offer him alternative employment into the New Year but he chose not to accept it and has left the company.”
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