Spoons boss tells workers: 'Get a job at Tesco'

Marco Green
March 26, 2020

In the letter, which has been widely circulated, it stated: "Whilst other companies such as Costa have promised their staff eight weeks fully paid, Wetherspoons have left over 40,000 people without their next pay date".

But Tim Martin said his firm will still freeze payments to suppliers - even for goods already received.

But Martin's advice is for them to work at supermarkets during the pandemic.

"We've had lots of calls from supermarkets, Tesco alone want to recruit more than 20,000 people - more than half the number of people who work at our pubs", he added.

(Alliance News) - Pub chain JD Wetherspoon PLC will pay all its 43,000 staff this Friday for the hours worked last week, while the first payment under United Kingdom government's wages scheme will be made on April 3, it has been announced.

The hashtag #boycottweatherspoons was trending on Twitter following the announcement, in which he advised staff to "go and work at Tesco".

It said he told employees supermarkets needed staff urgently because all trade from pubs, restaurants and cafes had moved to supermarkets.

The union's letter explained employees were told they would only be paid hours worked up until Sunday 22nd March, when the pub chain was forced to close due government guidance on coronavirus.

Tesco, the UK's biggest supermarket, said it wanted to take on 20,000 temporary workers to "help feed the nation".

He added: "They need to pay rent, buy food and because of the low wages he's always paid them will not have savings to depend upon".

"I'll be homeless in two weeks with no income".

"I feel so let down and so, so scared".

Earlier, Rachel Reeves, who chairs the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, wrote to Martin, and Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley, calling for them to set out the measures their businesses are taking to support their employees during the current crisis. "If bosses disregard employees' wellbeing then government should take tougher action to force compliance", she tweeted.

The company said it believes its actions "are responsible and sensible in the hard circumstances" and criticised a "complete misinterpretation of what Wetherspoon said" in press reports.

The letter concluded: "It is clear that Wetherspoons hold no regard for the financial and mental wellbeing of their employees".

"After that, the company would utilise the Government "furlough" scheme, which pays 80% of wages, details of which are in the course of being finalised between licensed trade representatives and the government at the present time".

It has drawn up its own proposed rules as to how the government's retention scheme would work and has submitted these to ministers for approval.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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