- Title: Spurs reverse decision to furlough non-playing staff after fan opposition
- Date: 13th April 2020
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - NOVEMBER 20, 2019) (REUTERS) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR STADIUM TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR CLUB CREST IMAGES OF PLAYERS INCLUDING CLUB CAPTAIN HARRY KANE VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF STADIUM POSTER SAYING 'PASSIONATE ABOUT TOTTENHAM' VARIOUS OF STADIUM CARS PARKED OUTSIDE STADIUM LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - APRIL 8, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS INTERIORS OF THE STADIUM LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - MARCH 9, 2020) (REUTERS) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR MANAGER JOSE MOURINHO HARRY KANE WALKS ON TO TRAINING PITCH ERIC DIER WARMING UP GOALKEEPERS, HUGO LLORIS CENTRE, WALKING PLAYERS WARMING UP KANE TRAINING DELE ALLI PLAYERS TRAINING MOURINHO WITH ERIK LAMELA PLAYERS TRAINING
- Embargoed: 27th April 2020 14:36
- Keywords: Coronavirus Tottenham
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA001C9BR9L3
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- Story Text: Tottenham Hotspur have reversed their decision to furlough staff during the coronavirus pandemic amid criticism from supporters, the Premier League club said in a statement on Monday (April 13).
Spurs had imposed a 20% pay cut on 550 non-playing staff in April and May to protect jobs.
But the club said on Monday that only board members would see salary reductions and all other employees - whether full-time, casual, or furloughed - would be paid 100% of their wages for April and May.
Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust 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 ($3,000) per month - was harming its reputation.
Additionally, 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.
The stadium has also been fitted out to house the North Middlesex Hospital's Women's Outpatient Services, freeing up capacity at the hospital to treat patients with COVID-19 symptoms.
Professional football in England had been suspended until April 30. The Premier League has said the season will only resume when the situation stabilises.
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