Mar 24, 2020

Wetherspoon boss suggests staff get a job at Tesco

The boss of the Wetherspoon pub chain has said its staff can take jobs with supermarkets amid the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Tim Martin told 40,000 workers in a video that they should feel free to take jobs at retailers such as Tesco while Wetherspoon pubs remain closed. The government has said it will pay 80% of salary for workers at firms such as Wetherspoon affected by Covid-19. "We've had lots of calls from supermarkets, Tesco alone want to recruit more than 20,000 people - more than half the number of people who work at our pubs," he added. Many major supermarkets have been recruiting thousands of staff to cope with the huge surge in demand from shoppers.

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