Monday, 28 December 2009

Name and shame Scrooge bosses

Scrooge bosses who refuse to pay overtime while charging a Christmas premium to customers should be named and shamed, according to Plaid Cymru councillor Arfon Jones.

Plaid's prospective parliamentary candidate for Wrecsam said he was concerned that some hotels and restaurants in the area were charging customers £60 per head upwards for Christmas lunches and dinners while only paying their staff plain ordinary time.

The Plaid Cymru councillor for Gwersyllt West is collecting evidence from hotels and restaurants and is calling on catering staff in the Wrecsam area to contact him in complete confidence to tell their story.

Cllr Arfon Jones said:

“It is despicable and unethical if hoteliers and restarateurs are charging customers an exorbitant price for Christmas dinner and then only paying minimum wage at ordinary time to their hardworking staff.”

Cllr Jones added:

“Many people who eat on these occasions believe they are paying a premium price because of increased staff costs, not to line the pockets of owners. The public need to know which hotels and restaurants are the Scrooges and which ones pay their staff a reasonable rate.

"We all like to be with our families at Christmas and, if people have to work, they have to be properly compensated for it.”

Cllr Jones said:

“I hope the workers being paid ordinary time on Christmas Day are in the minority. But I want to hear from catering staff who feel they have been exploited this Christmas but also to hear about those responsible employers who have paid their staff enhanced wages over the holiday period.”

Anyone with information should contact Councillor Jones in confidence on 07800 545716 or


Idwal said...

Now with the owner of Portmeirion an enthusiastic Plaid Cymru supporter (financially as well) will Plaid Cymru ask him to pay double pay to his Polish staff ?

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

If they charge a premium on customers then they should pay their staff an enhanced rate.

Anonymous said...

Idwal - I think Portmeiron pays everyone according to the same pay scale and the same bonuses, regardless of where they're from. If you know otherwise then how about you say so?