Politics | Allegations that Wetherspoons staff face discipline for not sharing Brexit material

Allegations that Wetherspoons staff face discipline for not sharing Brexit material

Workers at pub chain Wetherspoon’s claim that they have been forced to hand out political pro-Brexit leaflets – facing disciplinaries, bonus cuts or dismissal if they fail to comply.

Guardian journalist Owen Jones has been collating anonymous messages, allegedly from employees of the UK firm, following an interview he conducted with CEO Tim Martin for the Guardian.

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Comments (3)

  • Rob
    Rob
    Mon, 11 Feb 2019 12:16pm GMT
    @Christopher

    "No employer has the right to dictate to his employees how they should vote or the political opinions they should adopt. "

    He hasn't told them how to vote or what opinions they should hold. He has told them to put out promotional materials.
  • Christopher
    Christopher
    Mon, 28 Jan 2019 2:29pm GMT
    Assuming these statements are true I regard Tim Martin's actions as a breach of privilege resulting in bullying of his staff. No employer has the right to dictate to his employees how they should vote or the political opinions they should adopt. Every citizen within a free country - and the United Kingdom is still a free country - has the right to his or her own political opinions even though they may be the direct opposite of those expressed by their employer. I suggest that the actions adopted by the management of Wetherspoons in regarding such views as a disciplinary matter and in breach of contract is a breach of the laws against discrimination in the workplace.
  • Roy Walton
    Roy Walton
    Mon, 28 Jan 2019 1:15pm GMT
    The staff are paid to do what is requested and act in the interest of the business

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