Demo of GMB London Region members outside Edwardian Mayfair Hotel
At a demonstration held on 29th October, GMB London Region members employed by the Edwardian Mayfair Hotel protested about being told by the hotel management that their holidays must be taken before the end of October when the furlough scheme ended.
The law allows employers to determine when an employee can take holidays, this a sensible measure to stop all staff from taking holiday at the same time. However, as these staff were not in work this is not the reason for demanding that they take their holidays when being paid by furlough funds.
Many staff have also been told to accept a 50% reduction in hours of work or they face dismissal if they do not accept this drastic change. The new contract has a lay-off clause and does not guarantee paid work.