Date: 2nd April 2020 at 12:07pm
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Celtic fans have hit back at an article in Herald Scotland (and Glasgow Times) critical of the club for putting staff on the UK Government Furlough scheme.

Rather than make staff redundant due to the pandemic the Government scheme offers a maximum of £2,500 a month to employees unable to continue in their normal job.

Employers can reclaim upto 80% of wages under the scheme but in Celtic’s case they will pay the remaining 20% to ensure that everyone remains on their current salary level while the health crisis continues.

According to the piece in the Herald this move is a PR own goal! In the current climate there is no such thing as PR, we are dealing in reality and facts, genuine life and death decisions where substance matters not his it is interpreted elsewhere.

Author James Cairney justifies his argument explaining:

For a club like Celtic, which preaches values of charity and community, to make use of funds from the public purse during a time of unprecedented crisis to pay a small amount of their outgoings is not the best policy from a public relations viewpoint.

Celtic are a major tax-payer in Glasgow, locally they pay business rates, nationally they make massive payments of Income Tax and National Insurance.

The club is a significant employer across the city and beyond, attracting thousands of fans to the city who spend money in pubs, cafes restaurants and hotels.

Because the club has been well managed financially doesn’t mean that they should be excluded from an emergency scheme that provides some security for some of the lowest paid people in society.

While not becoming cheerleaders a local newspaper should be sympathetic to a local employer, a football club that provides endless pages of copy for the Herald and it’s stablemate the Glasgow Times who share much of their stories.

Perhaps if those city newspapers spent more time promoting and supporting the rights of workers that aren’t being put on the Furlough Scheme the Lock Down conditions could be much better observed.