We had already seen the grotesque spectacle of Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin demanding that his pubs remain open during the Coronavirus crisis, in addition to their issuing precisely zero protective equipment to staff, those people who he has steadfastly refused to pay a living wage. His campaign was so successful that closure of all pubs was ordered more or less the same day. So now his staff have no money coming in.
has issued a video in which he rambles on about how there is no money coming in through the tills, which does not answer the question, but it does use up plenty of time and allow him to feel sorry for himself. He concedes that Government will pay 80% of wages, but appears to excuse himself by saying they haven’t paid up yet.
The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU), which represents many of those unfortunate enough to work in Spoons pubs, has shown its dissatisfaction at Martin’s behaviour by apparently adding its logo to a #SpoonStrike letter released yesterday.
Under the heading “NO PAYOUT FROM WETHERSPOONS”, the letter tells “After waiting for word for three days from our head office, today we were informed that the company would pay us only for the hours we have worked up to the 22nd March … From that point on we will not receive any payment from JDW until they receive the Government grant, which could be until the end of April”. There was more.
“Rather, in a video circulated to all staff from the company CEO, Tim Martin encouraged his staff to apply for Tesco’s”. They do not jest: Martin can be seen complaining that Spoons’ business has “all gone to the supermarkets”, adding that Tesco is taking on another 20,000 staff, and telling his own workers that if they want to go and work for the supermarket chain, he will understand. But he doesn’t explain the potential pitfalls.
“It is clear that Wetherspoons hold no regard for the financial and mental wellbeing of their employees”. Yes, that how far they trust the SOB - not even as far as they could chuck him. They have demanded full pay. But as Martin’s so tight, they won’t get it.
Maybe one unintended consequence of the Covid-19 outbreak is that Tim Martin gets to take a nice long rest. As in not returning to his role at Spoons afterwards.
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