Staff laid off as Titchfield pub shuts for the summer

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STAFF at a pub in Titchfield have been told they will lose their jobs for the summer as the pub is closing for redevelopment.

A total of 22 members of bar and restaurant staff from the Fishermans Rest in Mill Lane will be without work for seven weeks while work is carried out.

Pub chain Greene King, which owns the pub, has said staff will be encouraged to find alternative places to work when it closes on August 8.

If not, they will be entitled to receive benefits through guaranteed pay.

Robert Earl-Clarke, 30, a chef at the pub, said: ‘I’m trying to kick up a bit of fuss about this because they are laying off everybody and expecting us to take benefits. That’s wrong because of the amount of money that Greene King makes. It’s ridiculous. I have got two kids and I have to pay maintenance for them.’

Christine Newbury, 59, a waitress at the pub for four years, said: ‘It’s a very difficult one because obviously they are doing this big refurbishment. It’s a considerable amount of money and yet they can’t afford to pay us for the time they will be closed.

‘What annoys me is that they expect us to behave in a way that’s good for the company and show loyalty to the company.

‘But when it comes to showing loyalty to us, they don’t want to know.’

A spokeswoman for Greene King said: ‘Once the work is complete, all the team will return to the new-look pub and will not be asked to reapply for their jobs.

‘We are working closely with the team to keep them updated and to support them by finding alternative places of work during the seven-week extension and refurbishment project.

‘In the event that we are unable to find alternative venues for any of our employees they will receive lay-off pay until the pub reopens.’