Shameful and hypocritical as Labour call for government to extend furlough scheme while turfing out its own people into the middle of a crisis just as ban on evictions ends
The Labour Party is ending the furlough scheme for its own staff while calling for the government to extend it across the country.
This is the second time the party has done this. The SKWAWKBOX exclusively reported in June that the party was sacking furloughed workers a whole 3 months before the end of the national scheme – because it didn’t want to pay even the small percentage that was going to become its responsibility from 1 August.
That plan was aborted after Unite’s Howard Beckett led unions in reading the party the riot act – but new general secretary David Evans and co are at it again and have sent staff a letter, tweeted by a Times journalist, telling them they’re out of a job from the end of this month:
Labour has tried to excuse this action by claiming the staff affected were ‘linked to Shadow Cabinet posts’ and would have been out of a job anyway when Keir Starmer became leader.
But there is no excuse for turfing out staff – while thanking them for their commitment to the party – into the middle of a pandemic and mushrooming jobs crisis.
There is even less excuse for doing so when it undermines your call for the government to keep millions of other people out of poverty by extending the furlough scheme – and absolutely none for doing it just after the Tories have removed the block on evictions from rented homes.
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