Hotel sacks live-in staff ‘with immediate effect’ then blames admin error

Bosses at a hotel told their live-in staff services were "no longer required" with immediate effect in a letter sent out yesterday – then blamed it on an administrative error.

Management at the Aviemore Coylumbridge Hotel in Scotland, part of the Britannia Hotels chain, sent out a brutal letter on Thursday.

It read: "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."

Shocked staff were told: "Your final payslip will include all hours worked up to and including your final day, together with any accrued holidays not already taken and one week’s pay in lieu of notice."

Many of the employees who received the letter also lived on hotel premises, and discovered that they were effectively homeless as well as unemployed.

The letter stated: "You are asked to vacate the Hotel accommodations immediately, returning any company property to John Macfarlane, Hotel Controller before leaving the hotel.

John Burns shared a screenshot of the letter on Twitter, saying: “Aviemore Coylumbridge Hotel sent this letter to staff today. Not just fired but chucked out of their accommodation with no notice and no redundancy pay!

“Britannia Hotels should be ashamed of themselves. Certainly no ‘room at the inn’ here, disgusting.”

Dozens of people responded, expressing how disgusted they were at the hotel’s actions and sharing other examples of heartless behaviour from other companies.

Some suggested keeping a register of companies who were profiteering from the crisis, or treating staff badly.

Twitter user Paul Lythgoe said: “When we come out of this crisis remember how employers treated their staff – this company has thrown its employees out with no notice – lost job, lost home in one day. Boycott them when things return to normal.”

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Daily Star Online contacted Britannia Hotels for comment, and a company spokesman said: “Unfortunately the communication sent to these employees was an administrative error.”

The statement continued: "Unfortunately, Mr Garcia and a few other members of staff received this incorrect correspondence, due to this administration error.”

The company apologised for “any upset caused.”

Yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told businesses to stand by their employees and "think carefully" about laying off staff in the latest of his daily coronavirus briefings from Downing Street.

Six people have so far died from the virus in Scotland, where there are 227 confirmed cases of the infection.

A total of 144 people across the UK have died to date, with 2,717 testing positive for the disease.

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