- Tim Martin, the founder of the U.K. pub chain Wetherspoons, is no stranger to controversy
- After spreading Brexit propaganda in the past, he has now left thousands of workers without any pay for weeks.
- Martin deserves to suffer a legal reckoning when this is all over.
U.K. pub chain Wetherspoons has a controversial owner. Back during the Brexit campaign, Tim Martin printed pro-Brexit literature and distributed it to households. That may have been a mild annoyance to anti-Brexit Brits, but it was only the appetizer for the monstrous tactics he’s begun to pull during the coronavirus pandemic.
Wetherspoons CEO Tim Martin Screws His Workers Over
Martin fiercely opposed closing down pubs in response to Covid-19. He claimed shutdowns wouldn’t stop people from catching coronavirus, despite all the evidence to the contrary.
Then he took it a step further, informing 40,000 employees they’re stuck without pay for up to 8 weeks – with zero warning. For those Wetherspoons workers, a difficult situation just turned into a true nightmare.
After coronavirus is finally contained, it’s going to feel like we’ve emerged victorious from another world war. And the government should treat it like one, placing heavy scrutiny on the behavior of bad actors during the pandemic.
In a just world, that would leave Tim Martin with a lengthy prison sentence waiting for him. After all, not only did he oppose shutting down restaurants, but his response to the lockdown has left thousands of workers vulnerable to starvation and debt.
Wetherspoons had nearly 132 million GBP in operating income in 2019, and Martin has a net worth of just under 450 million GBP. The company – and its CEO – clearly had the resources to do right by their loyal employees. But instead, they chose to behave like greedy monsters who value profits over human life.
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