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News | 1st May 2020
 

Petition calls for Day to reinstate workers

 
 
 

Staff made redundant should be furloughed, say MSP and MP

A PETITION has been launched in Fife urging billionaire businessman Philip Day to furlough staff ditched just before coronavirus lockdown.
Mr Day’s Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group has refused to re-employ and place five workers at the Scottish Deer Centre on temporary leave.
This is despite being able to claim 80 per cent of their wages from the government.


Willie Rennie, North East Fife MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, along with MP Wendy Chamberlain, is now garnering support for his call for a reversal of the decision, which also affects staff elsewhere in the company.


Dubai-based Day owns several other high street retailers, including Peacocks, Jane Norman, Austin Reed and Jaegar, and is worth more than £1 billion.
Mr Rennie said: “When this crisis comes to a close, we will all remember which companies played their parts in the national effort and which ones left their staff hung out to dry. “Philip Day could reverse this selfish decision to deprive staff of furlough funds without it costing him a single penny but he’s refused to budge.
“I invite people in north-east Fife to sign this petition in solidarity with the workers in Cupar.”

Fellow Lib Dem Mrs Chamberlain added: “The furlough system is available to all employers and offers staff a stable income in this extremely challenging climate.
“Philip Day’s decision not to offer staff at the Cupar Deer Centre and the Edinburgh Woollen Mill is cruel and unjustifiable. “He has let down his former employees and the community in north-east Fife.”
One former deer centre employee told of how he was let go two days before the government announced its coronavirus job retention scheme, which includes those made redundant as early as March 1. The scheme is designed to help employers severely affected by coronavirus retain staff but Edinburgh Woollen Mill said it knew the jobs would not return.


A company spokesman said: “We have sadly made a small number of roles redundant at the Scottish Deer Centre. “Unfortunately, we came to the conclusion that, given the downturn, these roles no longer existed. “Throughout this process we have tried our best to limit the impact and scale of redundancies in the group.
“We employ more than 25,000 colleagues nationally and the decisions we took were specifically aimed at safeguarding as many jobs as possible in the business, including colleagues who have worked with the company for many years.”

 
 
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