Pimlico Plumbing tycoon Charlie Mullins FIRES staff who refused to return from work to leave and found that people were ‘milking’ the system
- 30 employees lost their jobs when Pimlico ended the leave scheme
- Pimlico Plumbers is one of the largest independent t plumbing companies in the UK
- Charlie Mullins says many on leave ‘will never find a job again’
Pimlico Plumbing entrepreneur Charlie Mullins says he fired a number of staff who refused to return to work on Friday after discontinuing use of his company’s leave regime.
Mullins, who heads one of Britain’s largest independent plumbing companies, said the majority of his 450 staff returned, with around 30 losing their jobs due to voluntary redundancy or termination of employment.
He urged other companies to follow suit by pulling employees out of the leave scheme as soon as possible to mitigate long-term damage to the economy and risk “enormous unemployment”.
He said he believed that the job preservation program should be replaced by a scheme designed to help only the most troubled industries and vulnerable people who cannot get back to work.
Pimlico Plumbing entrepreneur Charlie Mullins says he has fired a number of staff who refused to return to work on Friday after discontinuing use of his company’s leave regime.
He said that leave is already causing problems, with some workers “milking” the system and many who “will never get a job again” because they’ve been home too long.
“We decided on Friday that you are back to work or that we have fired you,” he said. ‘The leave scheme was a good idea and it was the lifeline that companies and employees needed at the time.
“But I think it has been abused and milked a lot by many people who don’t want to go back to work.
“I had people begging to go back to work and I had other people telling everyone that the last thing they wanted to do was to go back to work and they will be on leave for as long as possible.”
He said he believed the most reluctant to come back was also “the first people to leave the office within five minutes” when the leave scheme was first launched.
From 1 August, employers will pay contributions and pension contributions for employees on leave.
In September, the government contribution will be reduced to 70 percent, with further reductions before closing in November.
Mullins, who runs one of Britain’s largest independent plumbing companies, said the majority of his 450 employees returned, with around 30 losing their jobs due to voluntary redundancy or termination.
Thereafter, if an employer returns a person who has been made redundant and continues to hire him between November and January 2021, the government will award a ‘bonus’ of £ 1,000 for each employee.
Speaking from Marbella, Spain yesterday, Mullins said, “Many bosses find it uncomfortable to say to people,” You are out of a job. “It’s not fun to do.
“Companies are putting it off because someone else is paying and for me they are not real bosses. You have to take the rough with the smooth. You have to take the criticism.
“I said from day one that I am not willing to pay someone to sit at home and do nothing. Now that this has come into play … we’ve made people obsolete. ‘
In 2018, Mullins lost a groundbreaking Supreme Court lawsuit against a self-employed gas engineer.
Gary Smith, who worked for Mullins’ company for nearly six years until he suffered a heart attack, should have been treated as an employee, judges said.
Mr. Smith, who joined in 2005 but fell ill in 2011, should have received paid vacation and sick pay, as well as other benefits, including breaks, despite being classified as self-employed.
He successfully claimed that he was an executive because he had to use the company’s van for assignments and was contractually required to do a minimum number of hours per week.
Mr Mullins’ statement was “disgraceful” and would lead to a “tsunami of new claims” in Britain accusing judges of “bottling” the opportunity to “correct” our outdated labor laws. He said, “It was a terrible decision.”