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24 March 2020 16:31

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Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin tells all 40,000 staff to find jobs in Tesco amid coronavirus crisis

WETHERSPOON boss, Tim Martin, has told staff to go work at Tesco and warns they could face delay over pay. The chain, which employs 40,000 people, was forced to shut its doors on Friday after Boris Johnson ordered closures because of coronavirus. Tim Martin tells staff to go work at Tesco and that pay might be delayed In a video message to staff, Martin suggested employees could find jobs at supermarkets to tide them over till the chain could open again. He said that the group is planning to pay staff for work carried out until the forced closure, but left employees in doubt over what happens next. He added that the group won't be paying staff anything while the pubs are shut until the government fulfils its promise to pay 80 per cent wages.

He said that staff were welcome to stay at home and take the government payout, but that he would understand if they wanted to take jobs at a supermarket. He said: "We have had lots of calls from supermarkets, Tesco alone want 20,000 people to join them. A Wetherspoons worker added: "To be told the company won't pay you until the Government grant is enacted at the end of April is hard enough. MORE ON MONEY NEWS DON'T MILK IT Tesco scraps skimmed milk and multi-pack offers to meet huge demand DIE STREET All 'non-essential' shops closed - here's the list of what CAN open ON THE CARDS Contactless card limit to rise to £45 after limits on cash to stop coronavirus MOTOR ON Drivers MUST get MOTs despite lockdown as garages stay open DO IT YOURSELF Opening times for Screwfix, Wickes and B&Q during coronavirus lockdown TIMES TABLE Supermarket opening times – which do online delivery and which open early? Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin has told staff to go and work in Tesco as he closes hundreds of his pub doors.

The chain, which employs more than 40,000 staff, was forced to close over the weekend after new measures by the British government to stop the spread of COVID-19. "And I know you're all sitting there wondering what the hell is happening and over the weekend I had lots of phone calls with different people and we're trying to sort it out as best we can in this highly unusual situation." Martin, who is reportedly worth over £40million, then went on to talk about how the government have promised to pay 80% of staff wages up to £2,500, but admits there could be delays before they receive it. He rounds off the video message by telling staff it was nice talking to them in pub calls and wished them luck. He said: "I've so much enjoyed talking to you in my pub crawls over the weeks and best of luck." Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin has told his 40,000 staff to work at Tesco during the coronavirus lockdown, after furious workers revealed they wouldn't be getting their salaries until the end of April. The popular pub chain was forced to close after Boris Johnson ordered people to stay at home in the battle against the killer pandemic and shut all non-essential businesses.

He then tells staff that it is up to them if they want to wait for government payments or if they want to go work at a supermarket. Earlier this week, Conservative Party donor and Wetherspoon CEO Martin sparked fury as he said closing pubs was 'over the top' in spite of warnings from the government's chief scientific adviser that they are a breeding ground for the virus. In a video message to staff, Martin revealed that Wetherspoon would be relying on a government grant to pay workers Tim Martin has urged Wetherspoon workers to get a job at Tesco amid the coronavirus pandemic Brexiteer pub chain boss tells staff to work in Tesco as he won't pay them for a month Brexiteer Tim Martin tells workers they won't be paid for a period during the coronavirus outbreak. Wetherspoon pub chain boss Tim Martin has told his staff to go work at Tesco during the coronavirus lockdown as he is not likely to pay them until the end of April. Picture: Henry Nicholls/PA Wire/PA Images Boris Johnson during a visit to Wetherspoons Metropolitan Bar in London with Tim Martin, chair of JD Wetherspoon.

Staff were unsurprisingly fuming that he would be relying on the government grant to pay workers, but that it will not be available until the end of April. Workers have sent a letter to the Brexiteer pub chain demanding full pay, after their bonuses were also stripped, only to be told by Martin that they will have to turn to supermarkets for work. The pub chain boss last week called for pubs to remain open, claiming there are no signs of transmission of the coronavirus in his establishments. "And I know you're all sitting there wondering what the hell is happening and over the weekend I had lots of phone calls with different people and we're trying to sort it out as best we can in this highly unusual situation. "So we have had lots of calls from supermarkets, Tesco alone want 20,000 people to join them.

Wishing his staff "best of luck", he said it would be better off for them to go work for the supermarket chain if they needed to pay bills. Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin has sent a video message to staff members amid the coronavirus pandemic - telling them to go and find a job at Tesco. "And I know you're all sitting there wondering what the hell is happening and over the weekend I had lots of phonecalls with different people and we're trying to sort it out as best we can in this highly unusual situation." "So we have had lots of calls from supermarkets, Tesco alone want 20,000 people to join them. Martin then goes on to tell people that they could wait on the government payments to begin or go and work at one of the supermarkets that are hiring.