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02/04/2020 - Wetherspoons u-turn on staff pay

wetherspoonspubWetherspoons has confirmed that it WILL pay 43,000 workers up to 80 percent of their wages while the pubs are shut due to the coronavirus crisis.

The chain had said that it wasn't going to take advantage of the Chancellor Rishi Sunak's job retention scheme that would see 80 percent of wages covered during the crisis.

Instead, the staff had been advised to work elsewhere if they wanted to continue to have an income.

Ever since the pub chain has come under pressure to change its stance on the welfare of its staff.

Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin made the u-turn after coming under pressure from MPs

Employees who are unable to work because of the closures will be paid weekly, beginning with their first payment on Friday, April 3.

Mr. Martin said: "As we have already confirmed, Wetherspoon will pay all our 43,000 staff this Friday for the hours worked last week.

"The first payment under the new scheme will be made on April 3, subject to Government approval, and weekly thereafter."

Pat Harrington, general secretary of Solidarity commented: "Passing on free money from the government to your staff seems like a no-brainer. Other firms are chipping in to bring wages up to 100 percent. Wetherspoons aren't doing that. So still mean-spirited but at least they have ended their bizarre refusal to pass on government money to their workers."

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