a skeleton crew/staff/service

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skeleton crew

The bare minimum amount of employees necessary to keep an office, business, service, etc., running at a basic level. We can't have a restaurant that is completely closed during the slow season, so we keep a skeleton crew on board to serve the few customers who decide to come in. The rigs will have a skeleton crew keeping them running until the company finishes handing over its business to the new owners.
See also: crew, skeleton

a skeleton ˈcrew/ˈstaff/ˈservice

the minimum number of staff necessary to run an organization or service: At weekends we have a skeleton staff to deal with emergencies.
See also: crew, service, skeleton, staff
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Mr Batley said: "When I started there was no public transport on Boxing Day and it wasn't until about five years later that the bus companies started to run a skeleton service.
He said the IT cull would leave the bank "operating as a skeleton service, with the customers and remaining staff paying the price".
By 2020 just a fraction of the RBS IT function will remain, leaving this organisation operating a skeleton service with the customers and remaining staff paying the price.
By 2020, just a fraction of the RBS IT function will remain, leaving this organisation operating a skeleton service with the customers and remaining staff paying the price.
Staff are continuing to strive for a skeleton service on Sunday and we therefore ask that those residents with a black bin collection planned for this day place their bins out as normal.
Efforts continue to be made to seek additional funding through monitoring rounds but TNI are only able to deliver a skeleton service currently.
She said it hoped a resolution can be achieved but has run a skeleton service on strike days.
If they continue we shall have a just a skeleton service of a police force.
Other public services including courts and job centres will only oer a skeleton service, while some carers are also set to strike on the co-ordinated day of action on ursday.
Staff from the two main rail unions began the first of two planned 48-hour "tube'' strikes late on Tuesday, reducing the city's vital Underground network used by three million people daily to a skeleton service.
All we have is a fringe service in the outer suburbs with virtually the whole of central London dependent on a skeleton service.
TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: "All we have is a fringe service in the outer suburbs with virtually the whole of central London dependent on a skeleton service.
RMT leader Crow said the strike was "rock solid" and had reduced the network to a skeleton service.
RMT leader Bob Crow said the strike was "rock solid" and had reduced the network to a skeleton service.
It will prioritise school bus routes and says it will still run a reduced skeleton service.