Wetherspoons pub vandalised with paint urging boss to ‘pay your staff’

Tim Martin Chairman of JD Wetherspoon, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson

"Tim Martin said in the video that staff who wanted to work for Tesco should do so and they will be given first priority when Wetherspoon pubs reopen".

"A number of our suppliers have already offered assistance and we would be most grateful for your cooperation as well".

Ian Hodson, president of the BFAWU, said: "He is ignoring the advice of the Government to stand by your workers and instead abandoning them in their time of need".

She tweeted: "Unacceptable that Wetherspoons has refused to pay its 40,000 employees until it receives its Government loan - potentially in late April - after first refusing to lock down altogether".

"I don't think he is gaining any fans for what he has done, and I imagine other people will follow suit after they see the vandalism".

NHS worker Robert Good spotted the graffitied pub-front on Wednesday morning.

The government has said it will pay 80% of salaries for workers at firms affected by the coronavirus such as Wetherspoon - which has 23 pubs across Kent.

Mr Martin said that "almost all of our trade has now gone to supermarkets", as demand for food surges as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

'So we have had lots of calls from supermarkets, Tesco alone want 20,000 people to join them.

'I can completely understand it.

He adds: "We will obviously completely understand that you don't want to wait around for us to re-open - but deeply appreciate your work".

"Whilst other companies such as Costa have promised their staff eight weeks fully paid, Wetherspoon has left over 40,000 people without their next pay date".

The 35-year-old said: "I wasn't surprised that something like this would happen after the Wetherspoon boss told staff to go and work for Tesco". They need to pay rent and buy food, and because of the low wages he's always paid them, they will not have savings to depend upon.

Workers and unions have heavily criticised the pub chain, describing Martin's actions as shocking.

"His selfish approach says unless the Government puts money into my bank account today he'll let the workers who have made him rich suffer".

"If bosses disregard employees' well-being then Government should take tougher action to force compliance".

The pub giant said its communication to staff had been misinterpreted by the press and the union.

"Weekly paid employees will be paid weekly on a Friday from April 3, while those on monthly pay will be paid monthly, on the 27th of each month, from April 27 â€" although an interim payment will be made on April 9, said Wetherspoon.

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.



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