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Wetherspoons will now pay staff during coronavirus shutdown after public pressure

Wetherspoons has announced that it will now pay its staff during the coronavirus shutdown, after a public backlash.

Earlier this week, company founder Tim Martin encouraged Wetherspoons staff to apply for jobs at Tesco, while it was revealed that employees wouldn’t be paid until the pub chain received government support – potentially until late April.

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However, after a widespread backlash and discussions with the government, Spoons has now announced staff will be paid weekly during the shutdown.

“Substantial progress has been made in the introduction of the government’s coronavirus job retention scheme,” the company said.

“The first payment under the new scheme will be made on Friday 3rd April, subject to government approval, and weekly thereafter.”

Indeed, despite (false) pleas from Martin that pubs don’t spread coronavirus, the government has banned pubs from opening until the virus is controlled.

To compensate, the government has agreed to pay 80% of the wages of staff.

Even despite this, it has taken days (and a public backlash) for Wetherspoons to do the right thing.

Let’s hope they stick to it.

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