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Wetherspoons founder Tim Martin has told staff to 'go work at Tesco'

Wetherspoons founder Tim Martin has told staff to 'go work at Tesco'

According to letter from Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) circulating on Twitter, a video also heard Martin encourage his staff to find jobs in Tesco.

"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", Wetherspoon said.

In a video message to staff, Martin revealed that Wetherspoon would be relying on a government grant to pay workers.

He said the pub chain would repay what it owes within a short timeframe once the Government allows hospitality outlets to trade again.

'If I'm honest, I could say you can get the furlough payments and stay at home, ' he added.

The boss of the Wetherspoon pub chain has said its staff can take jobs with supermarkets amid the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

'If you're offered a job at a supermarket, many of you will want to do that.

"If you've worked for us before I promise you we will give you first preference if you want to come back", he said.

"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". 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.

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However, Mr Martin cited concerns that there could be some delay to the payment of any wage subsidy.

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

Labour MP Rachel Reeves, chairman of the Commons business committee, added: "At times of national crisis, it's vital that businesses step up, do the right thing and stand by their workers and their customers".

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.

A Wetherspoons pub has been vandalised with graffiti urging its boss to "pay your staff" after he sacked thousands of workers due to the coronavirus outbreak.

"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.

"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".

Wetherspoon has since drawn up its own proposed rules on how the Government retention scheme could work, and has submitted these to ministers for approval.

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