UK: JD Wetherspoon staff allege being forced to distribute Brexit 'propaganda' & call for living wage & trade union recognition
Author: Katie Grant, inews, Published on: 30 January 2019
"Wetherspoon's staff urge Tim Martin: Remove your pro-Brexit 'propaganda' from our pubs", 29 January 2019
“Disgusted” Wetherspoon’s staff have accused boss Tim Martin of using the pub chain to “distribute propaganda in favour of a hard Brexit” and are demanding the company founder and CEO withdraw all material promoting his personal political views from their workplace.
A campaign group, Spoons Against Brexit, claims Mr Martin is “exploiting his position” by forcing staff to distribute beer mats, leaflets, magazines and menus that advocate his “dangerous” political views... The group is urging workers and members of the public sign an online petition demanding the company withdraw all “propaganda”, pay staff the Living Wage and offer trade union recognition.
Eddie Gershon, a spokesman for Wetherspoon’s...said: “...We appreciate not all our staff or customers agree with our stance on putting Brexit-related articles in the magazine. Any member of staff who does not wish to put the magazines out in the pub does not have to – we have reiterated that to managers.” "...We pay above the minimum wage across our pubs, and staff are also able to receive share options after a qualifying period. We also pay millions in bonuses each year.” He... declined to comment on whether or not the company planned to recognise the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union.
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