‘Coronavirus has already had a devastating impact on British workers in just one week, including more than a dozen hotel staff who were sacked and made homeless after being sacked with no warning.
Official advice to avoid pubs, clubs and theatres was issued on Monday before escalating into demands for Britons to avoid all non-essential contact, leading to many businesses reeling from a collapse in demand.
Staff at the Coylumbridge Hotel in the Scottish Highlands received a letter on March 19 to say its owners were ‘taking the latest government advice’ and that their employment had been terminated.
There have been lay-offs in restaurants, pubs and cafes amounting to up to 80% of the total payroll as well as in other badly-affected sectors like the travel industry, with both easyJet and Virgin Atlantic ordering employees to take unpaid leave.’
Read more: Devastating toll of coronavirus on UK workforce in just one week: Hotel sacks employees and leaves them homeless, easyJet and Virgin Atlantic tell crews to take unpaid leave while businesses shed up to 80% of staff