Hotel Faces Backlash As Staff Sacked And Evicted Over Coronavirus

Emily CaponEmily Capon in News, World
Published 20.03.20

A hotel in Aviemore, Scotland, has come under fire for sacking and evicting their staff amidst the coronavirus outbreak.

The spread of coronavirus continues to risk not just public health, but livelihoods. Unsuspecting hotel workers a popular Scottish tourist spot were horrified to find that the virus had left them not only jobless, but without anywhere to stay.

Up to 30 employees at the Coylumbridge Hotel in Aviemore have reportedly been informed that their services are no longer required, and that they must find alternative accommodation immediately.

Local residents took to Twitter to share the injustice, attaching the letter sent to staff.

The letter reads:

Taking the latest Government advice, this letter is to confirm that with effect from 19th March 2020 your employment has been terminated as your services are no longer required. 

You are asked to vacate the Hotel accommodations immediately, returning any company property to John Macfarlane, Hotel Controller before leaving the Hotel“.

The hotel has come under fire for leaving the employees vulnerable in a time of worldwide crisis. The redundancy letter offers no accommodation alternative, forcing employees to find emergency alternatives; it has been suggested that some may not even be able to get home due to lock-downs in their own countries.

Constituency MSP for Aviemore, Katie Forbes, tweeted:

The decision by Coylumbridge Hotel, Aviemore in my constituency to make staff homeless at the same time as making them redundant is appalling‘.

She continued to describe the ‘heartless’ treatment by Coylumbridge Hotel staff of their employees, especially in such a difficult time.

Drew Hendry – MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, said: ‘It is a worrying time for the hotel trade and urgent support is needed, but everyone is in this emergency together.’

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Though this entirely unsympathetic treatment is worrying enough, even when there isn’t a global pandemic ravaging the country, the responses to the letters have demonstrated a rallying of local support around the wronged employees.

Local hotels have offered emergency accommodation for the workers as they continue to be fiercely defended, with community spirit rallying those who can to help in this time of desperate need. Similar community responses have been made to those in need all over the country, especially those who are struggling to find food in ransacked supermarkets.

We must continue to treat each other with kindness and compassion during these worrying times.

Images via Coylumbridge Hotel, Twitter