Campaigners launch #NeverSpoons hashtag as pubs plan July re-opening
- Credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images
A campaign is calling for a boycott of JD Wetherspoon when pubs re-open because of its handling of employee pay during the coronavirus lockdown.
The pub chain's pro-Brexit chairman, Tim Martin, was heavily criticised at the start of the epidemic for refusing to pay staff wages while venues were shut, telling workers to find a job at Tesco in the meantime.
Despite a change of heart from the businessman that meant staff would be assisted, many have not let his actions slide from memory and took to social media calling on a boycott of the franchise following news that pubs would reopen from July 4. It even got its on trending hashtag on Twitter - #NeverSpoons.
You may also want to watch:
Twitter user @Rebelx2Comedy said it was time publicans 'think twice' before going to another Wetherspoons. 'When pubs reopen,' he wrote, 'don't forget the boss of Wetherspoons initially laid off his staff at the start of the crisis and told them to work elsewhere.'
- 1 Michael Gove asked FIVE TIMES to explain what a 'substantial meal' is
- 2 BBC presenter attracts complaints after calling Brexiteers 'headbangers, zealots and quislings'
- 3 Michael Gove accused of going 'full Trump' after attacking Good Morning Britain's ratings
- 4 British expats seethe at post-Brexit travel restrictions
- 5 Keir Starmer mocks Tory heckler who said he was speaking in 'hindsight' with prediction
- 6 Brexiteer claims it will be '25 years' before UK gets sovereignty back
- 7 Netherlands causes hilarity with use of Brexit 'monster' to issue warning to citizens
- 8 Brexiteer mocked after dreaming up term to describe Britain's Covid vaccination programme
- 9 Scotland should 'aim to rejoin EU in full' after Brexit, SNP told
- 10 Michael Gove tells Piers Morgan boycotting GMB had been 'good advice'
@deficit_the urged people to find new drinking spots: 'A reminder that the Wetherspoon's owner refused to pay staff at the start of lockdown, and was forced to U-turn after being threatened with legal action.
'Maybe we can find other places to get a beer, eh?'
Martin G said he has avoided the chain for years, stressing that he would rather 'have a drink in a public toilet'.
'The way that cretin [Martin] has treated staff is a timely reminder never to relax my boycott.'
But critics of the campaign pointed out that boycotting pubs is unlikely to lead to any improvement for the thousands of employees, with the loss of earnings likely to impact the staff.
Twitter user @amycwb wrote: 'Even if this happened, wouldn't it be better to buy from Wetherspoon's to support the (usually very young) staff and pay their wages? Or am I just seeing it from the wrong perspective?'
Martin is no stranger to controversy. At the start of the lockdown, he claimed it was 'over the top' to shut pubs down, arguing that 'hardly any' transmissions occurred there.
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.