Former FUMING employees at a posh Scottish hotel have denounced the bosses after finding out their old jobs were advertised – just months after they were made redundant.
Former bar workers, waiters, housekeepers and hostesses at Tigerlily in Edinburgh would be shocked to find their old jobs advertised so soon after being made redundant.
An employee claimed the company, owned by Montpelier LTD, which is worth more than £ 16.8million, put staff on leave for several months before sacking them.
The disgruntled ex-bartender said Tigerlily bosses had promised to return their jobs to the laid-off staff once they reopened.
But some former staff are said to be furious after seeing their jobs advertised this week.
A screenshot from a Facebook bar group shows an anonymous Tigerlily employee advertising the new positions, writing: “In anticipation of upcoming changes in restrictions, at Tigerlily we are looking to fill a variety of positions across the board. weeks to come. “
Shocked by the treatment, former Tigerlily bartender and waiter Oliver Gold took to Facebook on Wednesday to expose the company.
He said: “Hi guys, I just wanted to let you know about an issue with Tigerlily Edinburgh regarding the foreclosure.
“It’s a horrible situation in which the staff have been left.
“Tigerlily did not financially support its employees during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Having been on leave for several months, the company decided to cut bar, waiting, cleaning and hostess teams to ‘save costs’ (despite the very purpose of the leave scheme.”
“They also made us take our accumulated leave as wages also to replace the leave plan.
“This left many employees in financial difficulty and had to find jobs during the lockdown.
“This was despite the fact that Tigerlily made an income through deliveries.
“We were all promised to find our jobs when we reopen.
“No one has been contacted and over the past few days Tigerlily has posted dozens of new ad posts on social media.”
Oliver’s post drew over 1,000 likes and over 100 comments from shocked subscribers and former employees.
An ex-employee said: “They seem to be looking for new staff right now.
“It’s such a shame when we work so hard for them and that’s what we get in return.”
One user wrote, “Well, I won’t walk through their door. Shameful.”
While another member commented, “Disgusting. They don’t deserve the custom of the people.
Another user said: “A cancellation coming soon.”
But a former employee wrote: “As a person who was employed by said company and then fired in the same way, said people were – I took the time to fully understand the situation and not return any responsibility to anyone except the financial climate of hospitality. industry given the Covid-19 pandemic.
To which Oliver replied, “If they can’t afford to keep us or even take us back, how can they afford to hire and train new people?
Six vacancies could be seen on Tigerlily’s website, including roles for a door host, floor assistant and bar staff.
They describe their work environment as “simply dazzling”.
After the luxury hospitality department received a backlash as a result of Oliver’s position, the upscale restaurant apparently offered some employees back their positions.
Oliver dismissed this as “a last ditch attempt to save face.”
Speaking today, Montpellier Managing Director Innes Bolt said: “Financially it was essential that we cut our payroll as things continued to get worse.
“We held meetings with all affected staff to explain the position we found ourselves in.
“We received very late and minimal concessions from our owners while sliding subsidies only contribute 8% of our monthly losses.
“Oliver was understandably upset that he had received his notice, he immediately reported it to his legal representatives and stopped contacting us.
“We are in the process of rehiring all of the former volunteer employees before we hire new people, we will not create a new team and train them from scratch, it just doesn’t make sense.
“The announcement that went out was to invite applications if some of our former employees didn’t return and the restrictions were easing faster than expected.
“We are also recruiting in our other activities. “
Referring to their food delivery service, Bolt added, “The ‘AT Home’ offering is in place to provide service and keep our teams motivated and our businesses visible.
“It is mainly a balancing act and generates minimal profit.”