Spurs reverses decision to suspend staff, will pay them in full in April and May

Tottenham Hotspur They have reversed their decision to suspend staff during the coronavirus pandemic Amid criticism from supporters, the Premier league club said in a statement Monday.

Spurs it had imposed a 20% pay cut on 550 non-gambling employees in April and May to protect jobs.

But the club said Monday that only board members would see pay cuts and that all other employees, whether full-time, casual or laid off, would receive 100% of their wages for April and May.

The criticism the club received in the past week has been further sharpened by our record of good deeds and our enormous sense of responsibility to care for those who trust us, particularly locally, said club president Daniel Levy. .

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The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust (THST) had said the club's decision to use the government scheme - where employers can claim for 80% of furloughed staff's monthly wages up to 2,500 pounds ($ 3,126) per month - was harming its reputation.

He added Monday that the club's latest decision showed maturity and humility.

We are pleased that instead of doubling, the club board has listened to fans this time around and has finally done the right thing, THST added in a statement.

... no organization is going to do everything right in these unprecedented circumstances and the end result is what matters ... This is the first step, but a big step, in restoring the relationship between fans and the club.

Levy added that Spurs ' earlier move had only intended to put measures in place to protect jobs while they sought to continue to operate in a self-sufficient manner.

We regret any concerns caused during a moment of anxiety and hope that the work that our supporters will see us do in the coming weeks, as our stadium takes on a new purpose, will make them proud of their club, he added.

Spurs said medical equipment had been installed in their stadium to operate drive-through COVID-19 testing and swabbing for NHS staff, families and their dependents.

"Our Tottenham Hotspur Stadium becomes the first Premier league ground to be used for testing, following on from other sporting venues around the world," the club added.

The stadium has also been equipped to house the outpatient services of North Middlesex Hospital for Women, freeing up capacity in the hospital to treat patients with symptoms of COVID-19.

Professional football in England had been suspended until April 30. The Premier league has said the season will only resume when the situation stabilises.