Home / news / Wetherspoons denies ‘abandoning’ staff in coronavirus crisis – The UK pub chain Wetherspoons has denied it is “abandoning” its staff after it told 43,000 workers they will not be paid during the Covid-19 crisis until the company is reimbursed for their wages by the government.

Wetherspoons denies ‘abandoning’ staff in coronavirus crisis – The UK pub chain Wetherspoons has denied it is “abandoning” its staff after it told 43,000 workers they will not be paid during the Covid-19 crisis until the company is reimbursed for their wages by the government.

Wetherspoons denies ‘abandoning’ staff in coronavirus crisis – The UK pub chain Wetherspoons has denied it is “abandoning” its staff after it told 43,000 workers they will not be paid during the Covid-19 crisis until the company is reimbursed for their wages by the government.

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  1. Let’s not forget their CEO is the cunt who was advocating for pubs to stay open just so he could make more money.

  2. To be reimbursed, you need to have spent the money first.

  3. In a statement, Wetherspoons blamed a “complete misinterpretation” of its message to staff, although it did not dispute that they would cease to be paid after Friday while details of the furlough scheme were finalised.

  4. Well hopefully no one ever drinks a pint at Wetherspoons again, and a proper local fills the gap.

  5. fuck em. let the government give the money directly to the workers instead.

  6. I boycotted after his brexit policy, only because I knew he wanted it for his profit margin and not because he thought it was right for the country. This just proves it.

  7. Owner is a colossal cunt, this is not surprising

  8. As soon as those employees get that money they should quit on the spot. Fuck that guy

  9. Is this the same parasitic capitalist who said he didn’t care about the pandemic and was going to keep his pubs open?

  10. Deny it all you want, Mr Martin. You still went ahead & did it.

  11. Brexit and now this. Scum of the fucking earth. Anyone got a milk bottle I can “borrow”?

  12. They were later quoted as saying “We’re not abandoning them, we’re just putting them in a cardboard box at the side of the road… before pissing all over them and driving off laughing.”

  13. Meanwhile McDonalds are sending any unused food to charities for the vulnerable.

  14. Here is the plan. Get volunteers around the country checking the other pubs in neighborhood of these Wetherspoon pubs. Make a list of those who treat their employees properly. Then when the pubs open again post in front of the Wetherspoon with flyers with this list with on the back a map how to get there. Give him a nice Pubexit

  15. Tim Martin and Mike Ashley should be publicly ~~executed~~ told the error of their ways when this is through.

  16. Nationalise wetherspoons.

  17. Wetherspoons abandoned their worker long, long ago.

  18. Yet another Brexiteer, shows their nationalistic pride and fraternal kinmanship by *shakes papers* pissing on their fellow British. Oh well guess we will have to use James Dyson as a heroic role model… er no maybe Jim Ratcliffe… or maybe, oh i give up…

  19. The furlough scheme needs to be finalised. At present it is not. No one knows how this is actually going to work.

    I work for a hotelier. We are 100% dependant on foot fall. Now that it’s stopped in our bars, restaurants and hotels, we have no money. We need the government to finalise the legislation for this 80% payment for staff.

    I’d imagine Spoons is in the same boat.

  20. I love how one company not caring for its workers makes the news in the UK (seriously – it’s beautiful to see the wealthy held accountable) here in Canada hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs and I have yet to hear of a single company caring for its employees during this time – meanwhile the landlords will come knocking for their rent checks next week. I guess it’s a cultural difference – we care far more about our corporations than our people.

  21. Just so you guys know, all the staff that were on holiday also got left behind!!

  22. My mate refuses to drink in there due to the owner being a Tory. Good to know he’s such a nice guy too….

  23. I don’t know what I expected the guy who runs Spoons to look like … but I should have.

  24. Well I know where not to go when visiting the UK now. Companies who treat their employees badly in 2020 are idiots if they don’t think people research them

  25. This doesn’t have to be complicated.

    Basic income to everyone. All workers in the country have a guaranteed exit option now.

    If the employer wants to keep you, they offer hazard pay. People with low risk profiles can accept. People with higher risk profiles can choose to stay home.

    If the employer really wants to keep the goodwill of its employees after the crisis? They can offer sick pay. But if not, people have the basic income. You’re good either way.

    What doesn’t make sense is relying on every business in the country to have both the financial means and the inclination to do the right thing. That’s not realistic.

    There isn’t a good reason to leave anyone vulnerable. The state has all the productive & fiscal resources to make sure everyone is taken care of during a crisis like this. We don’t have to *expect* to rely on companies’ good will at all. But we’re forced to, so long as we lack a basic income.

  26. We’ll remember this when this is all over you turnip-faced, Brexit-loving, money-grubbing yokel.

  27. A business expecting the government to pay their employees wages is just insane.

  28. That’s a bold move Cotton. Let’s see how this works out for him.

  29. I see the UK has its own version of our local Tilman Fertitta…

  30. Kiwi here visited family in UK 2018 went there for the first time then, will not be going back this is such an appalling way to treat people, I would say he will be finished after this gaft.

  31. Sounds like abandonment to me.

  32. They should merge with sports direct and be a one-stop shop for this kind of cuntery.

  33. PLCs should not be bailed. At all. They consistently chose dividends over re-investment. The people who need bailing are the SMEs, the self-employed etc.

  34. At least they intend on paying their employees. Here in the US they want the money to simply keep. You can bet your ass they’ll lay the same people off no matter how much the government forks over.

  35. There’s another company to add to the shithouse list…

  36. UK pubs are chains? I always imagined Brits at the local pub with some electric name that’s been there since Hadrian built the wall.

    You’re telling me these people spend their whole day hanging around what amounts to an Applebees?

  37. Want to fix this for future situations? Stop going to this pub. They don’t care about your health. They don’t care about their employees and they don’t care about their fellow citizens. Just stop going and watch them wither up to be replaced by pubs that care about their employees, their customers, and their citizens.

  38. i mean if there’s no cash there’s no cash??? where is the cash supposed to come from, if the pubs are closed? Hury up with the govt money already.

  39. Unrelatedly, the head is a Brexiteer…

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