More than 6,000 people have signed a petition calling for the government to reconsider tronc payments as part of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
The petition written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, urges government to ensure ‘full salary base rate and service charge combined is included’ in the figure that determines 80% of monthly earnings that is counted in the scheme when employees are furloughed.
Last week the government published guidelines on how employers could claim up to 80% of wages for furloughed staff, which included overtime, wages and commission payments, but did not cover tronc payments which often make up a significant portion of people’s earnings.
UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said the decision was ‘incredibly disappointing’ and that there was ‘no reason’ not to include these payments in the scheme.
“This is taxable income that team members have earned. Excluding it from the scheme means that furloughed employees will receive less money to see them through this crisis. Money they should be entitled to,” she said.
“Hospitality businesses are doing their best to support employees during extraordinarily difficult times. But with zero revenue and persistent demands on cash from landlords and others, there is only so much they can do. Including tronc payments in the Job Retention Scheme would give more people some much-needed support, and we hope the Government reconsiders.”
To sign the petition, visit HERE