Coronavirus: How can Scottish hotel say it’s following government advice by sacking staff?

Is this the tip of a vicious coronavirus iceberg?

Owners of the Coylumbridge hotel, near Aviemore in Scotland, have sacked 12 staff members – making some homeless after they were ordered off the premises – claiming that they were following government advice.

But the government is stumping up cash to ensure that staff can be “furloughed” – remaining employed even though there isn’t any work for them because of attempts to contain the virus.

Some of the employees were from foreign countries and are unable to return home because of travel restrictions; they have literally been turfed out onto the streets.

I wonder if other businesses will do the same or worse – unscrupulously ridding themselves of employees they consider dead weight and falsely claiming that the government made them do it.

EXTRA: It seems hotel bosses are now claiming that the staff were sacked in an “administrative error”.

How does any organisation sack people, order them off the premises, subtract pay if they have taken more holiday time than they had earned, and blame the government for it, in an “administrative error”?

Source: Scottish hotel sacks 12 staff over coronavirus making them homeless | UK news | The Guardian

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3 thoughts on “Coronavirus: How can Scottish hotel say it’s following government advice by sacking staff?

  1. Stu

    Just as the Tory Government over the past decade trusted businesses to “do the right thing” and fprmed a trickle down economy that produced nary a drip, trusting them now is poor judgement at minimum.
    Businesses are by nature predatory and will always put profits first.

    Thankfully others in the hospitality industry embarassed by the sackings offered positions to some of the stranded staff.

    “Admin error”, “Lessons have been learned” etc…. just don’t cut it any more……

  2. kateuk

    Businesses do something awful in order to maximise profit/minimise overheads, a large number of people publicly complain and/or start to boycott the business, and oh dear, suddenly it’s an “administrative error”. Yeah right.

  3. J Edington

    This is a Britannia Hotel and they also sacked staff from a hotel in Blackpool. I doubt if the decision was taken by the Coylumbridge itself. I wonder how many more hotels in the chain, all over the UK, would have suffered the same fate if people hadn’t made their outrage known.

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