Jul 29, 2020
Coronavirus: National Trust redundancy plan puts 1,200 jobs at risk
National Trust staff have been told they face redundancy as it looks to save £100m. The heritage charity, which closed its houses, gardens, car parks, shops and cafes during the coronavirus pandemic, said it expected to lose nearly £200m. Director General Hilary McGrady told staff they had exhausted every other possibility before proposing job cuts. A union said no trust properties were to close under the plans but there were fears it was "Only a matter of time". "At the moment there are no plans for National Trust to close whole properties but they are shutting 'unprofitable' shops and cafes and the worry is that it's only a matter of time," he said. "Once jobs are lost and assets are closed it is very hard to recover them." "This announcement from the National Trust highlights how vital it is for the money to make it to where it's needed as quickly as possible to prevent further job cuts - we know that once these jobs are lost it will be hard to get them back."
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