Tottenham reverse decision to furlough non-playing staff
Tottenham Hotspur have made an U-turn on their stance and reversed the decision to place non-playing staff on furlough after facing fierce criticism, the club confirmed on their official website.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy had announced a couple of weeks back that the club would be forcing a pay-cut on their 550 non-playing staff due to the coronavirus pandemic, while placing some members on furlough.
This was done to take advantage of the UK Government’s job retention scheme, according to which the government would cover upto 80% of the salaries of employees on furlough. Following this, Levy and Tottenham faced huge backlash from former players and fans alike.
The criticism got only worse after Liverpool, who had also taken the same step, had backtracked on their decision. However, Levy stood firm on his stance. In fact, it was claimed that the staff had received new contracts with updated terms.
However, the club issued a statement on Monday which confirmed that they had decided to reverse their decision to furlough staff, with all members set to be paid in full for the months of April and May. Instead, the directors will be taking a pay cut.
“We have decided that all non-playing staff, whether full-time, casual or furloughed, will receive 100 per cent of their pay for April and May. Only the board will take salary reductions.”
Club update – COVID-19
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While it took a while for the club to come around, the management has finally made the right call to reverse their decision of putting our non-playing staff on furlough.
Better late than never!