Sir Philip Inexperienced’s Arcadia vogue group has carried out a U-turn and agreed to pay full salaries for head workplace workers going through redundancy.
It comes after studies that Arcadia – whose excessive avenue manufacturers embody Topman, Topshop and Dorothy Perkins – was solely going to pay a few of its workers as little as 50% of their discover pay.
An Arcadia spokesman mentioned its actions associated to round 300 redundancies in head workplace and that the corporate was “extraordinarily sorry to all these people impacted for the misery that we now have brought on and apologise unreservedly”.
A press release mentioned: “We just lately applied a coverage for these staff who’re working their discover on furlough to obtain their furlough pay as a substitute of their full pay.
“We acquired this determination improper and the board has right now amended this coverage to make sure all affected staff will obtain their full pay. They are going to be notified of this determination instantly.
“We’re extraordinarily sorry to all these people impacted for the misery that we now have brought on and apologise unreservedly.”
The Unite union mentioned it had threatened to take authorized motion for unlawful deduction of earnings on behalf of greater than 40 head workplace workers.
It has hailed the promise to pay head workplace workers full pay throughout their discover interval as a welcome U-turn and an “wonderful victory”.
Arcadia Group turned a part of Taveta Investments, owned by Inexperienced and his household, in 2002.
The assertion mentioned it had been pressured to make “many powerful selections” throughout the coronavirus pandemic, together with the restructuring of its places of work. It had appeared to guard the welfare of workers and prospects, and noticed all the rules and laws, it added.
Unite regional officer Debbie McSweeney mentioned: “We perceive that it’s nearly with out precedent for Arcadia to apologise for such behaviour in direction of staff – however this example ought to have by no means been allowed to occur within the first place by Sir Philip Inexperienced, one of many nation’s richest males.
“Unite want to sincerely thank our members for the solidarity and private braveness they’ve proven in standing as much as Arcadia’s administration and enjoying their half in righting a flagrant pay injustice. It’s a tremendous victory.”
She claimed it could additionally function a warning for employers who use the federal government’s furlough scheme, which goals to assist shield job throughout the pandemic.
She mentioned: “This places down a robust marker to different employers who could also be considering of making the most of the federal government’s furlough scheme. Unite is on excessive alert for such instances and the way they could adversely have an effect on our members.
“Unite will wish to study the Arcadia assertion intimately earlier than lastly deciding to withdraw our authorized motion.”