By the way, I am not commenting on it, just passing on the reply.
For information, here’s the official statement from JDW on this:
Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “ There has been a complete misinterpretation of what Wetherspoon said in a number of press reports this morning.
“Wetherspoon sent a video by the chairman Tim Martin, a letter from CEO John Hutson and other information to all employees.
“In those communications it made clear that all employees would get paid this Friday for all work carried out until the pubs shut.
“After that, the company would utilise the government ‘furlough’ scheme, which pays 80 per cent of wages, details of which are in the course of being finalised between licensed trade representatives and the government at the present time.
“As we understand it, tens of thousands of hospitality workers and others have already lost their jobs, but Wetherspoon is retaining all its employees, using the government scheme for the purpose for which it is intended.
“Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin said to employees in a video that supermarkets were urgently looking for staff, since all trade from pubs, restaurants and cafes had transferred to supermarkets in the last few days.
“Wetherspoon has had urgent calls from supermarkets asking for help in recruitment.
“Tesco alone urgently needs 20,000 staff, we understand.
“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 believes that the actions it has taken are responsible and sensible in the difficult circumstances.”
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