Gordon Ramsay critcised for laying off 500 staff

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Gordon Ramsay has come under fire for laying off 500 members of staff.  Ramsay was forced to close the doors at his chain of restaurants due to strict new government guidelines which aim to slow the spread of Coronavirus.

The 53 year old asked his staff to attend a meeting where he delivered the news that their contracts would be terminated with immediate effect.  Some members of staff are said to have been reduced to tears.

The TV Chef then sent out an email to all of the now redundant staff members explaining the decision in more detail.  The email confirmed that staff will be paid up until the 17th of April, and that they would have the option to appeal the decision.

Ramsay, who is thought to be worth up to £160 million, has been heavily criticised by social media users.

Chef Anca Torpuc told followers on Twitter, "Such a shame to see how the company that you worked for and gave everything you had for 2 years throw you away like you are nothing but a little piece of ****, especially in difficult times like this even though they have absolutely nothing to lose by keeping you.

"And I'm not talking about one person here, over 500 people lost their jobs yesterday so all I can say is thank you... I hope you sleep well at night knowing that so many people don't have a job in this difficult time because of you."

Ramsay took to instagram to defend the decision.  He said "As the situation changes daily, our focus has to be on the health and safety of our employees, guests and community and to do our part in slowing the spread of the virus.  From Saturday 21st March 2020, all our London restaurants will temporarily close.

"Whilst we don't know when we will re-open, what we do know is by supporting each other through this terribly challenging time, we will come through this stronger than ever!

"Huge love and thanks to our amazing staff across the restaurants for all their passion and support. I truly hope we are all back together very soon. Gordon."

A spokesperson for Gordon Ramsay's restaurant chain said "Gordon Ramsay Restaurants is continuing to work tirelessly in exceptional, unprecedented, global circumstances to ensure that as many employees as possible are being retained by the business.

"We are no different from any other restaurant/retail business large and small in the UK and around the world responding to the current crisis.

"We welcome greatly and fully support all the initiatives introduced by Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak in particular the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which is still being refined.

"We continue to work closely with our landlords, government agencies and all third party suppliers associated with the business through these very challenging times."

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