Liverpool has been accused of betraying their “morals and values” for their move to furlough non-playing staff during the suspension of football. Premier League leaders Liverpool said they would top up the public money made available from the government to ensure staff on temporary leave received their full salaries.
It follows similar moves by Spurs, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Norwich to take advantage of the job retention scheme, under which employers can claim for 80% of furloughed employees’ wages. The rich football clubs have faced media and public backlashes as a result.
West Ham have so far stood firm and adopted a wait and see approach to furloughing non-playing staff who cannot work from home.
Yesterday West Ham Vice-Chairman Karren Brady confirmed a Claret and Hugh story we run last Monday which said West Ham standby their staff
Brady said on social media on Saturday ‘All staff at West Ham United, full and part-time have been paid 100% of their wages, ensuring everyone is safe and looked after is our most important priority, regardless of what you think’
The Hammers have yet to rule out completely that they will never furlough staff but have no immediate plans to do so.