Tomahawk begins repaying loans to staff following large-scale criticism
The group made headlines earlier this monthwhen he was accused by the GMB union of harassing its staff after asking its employees to lend him money to pay national insurance contributions and employers’ pensions.
Staff have now received a message from the company saying the money that had been deducted has now returned to their bank account, according to the GMB, following what they say is “sustained pressure” from the union as well. only politicians and the general. Public.
Tomahawk said he asked staff to help cover the cost of NI and pensions, but refuted claims by the GMB union that staff were obligated to do so.
“At no time did Tomahawk Steakhouse suggest that staff members would be made redundant if they did not sign a loan agreement,” he said at the time in a statement.
In an update statement, Tomahawk said the business arrangements outlined in the government’s March budget allowed it to make the repayments. “As part of the voluntary agreement signed by all of our staff, we promised that any money loaned would be returned as soon as we are financially able,” he said.
“Following the budget announcement last week, we are delighted to have been able to quickly deliver on this promise this week. All staff have now received the loan amount, plus an additional 20%, as a thank you for the support given on time. “
Describing the decision as a “massive victory for workers,” GMB regional secretary Neil Derrick said Tomahawk should never have asked employees for money in the first place.
“It has always been an outrageous exploitation of both the leave scheme and poorly paid young workers,” he said.
“The money should never have been taken because no employee can afford a further reduction in their take-home pay, especially when it comes to meeting their employer’s own obligations.
“Hopefully this abuse of the leave plan is over and not repeated elsewhere. ”