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There is power in a union: Bakers Union forces Wetherspoons U-Turn on worker’s pay

In Uncategorized on March 25, 2020 by kmflett

There is power in a union: Bakers Union forces Wetherspoons U-Turn on worker’s pay

With pubs closed there still remains the issue of what those who run them do during the crisis.

As might be expected Tim Martin of Wetherspoons has been leading the way with the bad behaviour.

The Bakers Union (BFAWU) which organises in the pub company has pointed out that Martin didn’t plan to pay any Wetherspoons workers until the Government subsidy of wages starts at the end of April. He appears to have told them to see if there are jobs at Tesco (who are hiring). If they are they might well stay since Tesco recognises trade unions and is already a huge employer in the UK.

However the Union didn’t stop there. It applied pressure and a large number of MPs raised the issue with Wetherspoons.

The BFAWU have reported that Tim Martin has now agreed to pay workers for April although its not yet clear if they will get full pay (an important matter given they are low paid).

https://mcstrike.uk/workers-win-wetherspoons-u-turn/

Wetherspoons now seems to have moved on however to stating that it will not pay suppliers (for goods already supplied) until pubs re-open.

https://www.foodservicefootprint.com/news-alert-wetherspoon-to-withhold-supplier-payments/

The most recent half-year results suggest an improving financial performance by Wetherspoons (until the last 10 days or so obviously):

https://www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/news/AN_1584695486970687000/top-news-wetherspoons-skips-interim-payout-to-save-cash-for-covid-19.aspx

One wonders if there is trouble ahead. At least Wetherspoons workers know they have a trade union looking out for them

 

2 Responses to “There is power in a union: Bakers Union forces Wetherspoons U-Turn on worker’s pay”

  1. GOOD UNION ANALYSIS

  2. Good anslysis

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