Earlier this year, the G1 Group came first in Scotland...for neglecting to pay national minimum to almost 3,000 staff members.
Apparently Stefan King, who runs the G1 Group which owns around 145 premises across the whole of Scotland, can’t afford to pay for his workers’ uniforms (which he has decreed they should wear) or training (which seems to have contributed to the company being awarded the Gold Status Investors In People Award).
The G1 Group, with a turnover of over £60million across 45 of the owned and operated venues, apparently can’t pay the extra £45,124 to their low wage staff which would have ensured they were all on at least minimum wage.
The G1 Group has not been a stranger to controversy over the past few years. From sexist jokes causing the downfall of Radio’s Monday night pub quiz, to the Shimmy Club charging £800 for hire of private booths in order to spy on women in the toilets, to being asked to cough up for discriminating against a couple at the Polo Lounge, the G1 Group’s PR team must be going into over-drive.
But this new revelation is perhaps the most shocking. With a lot of young people both working and drinking in G1’s establishments, it is YOUR money which G1 are using to bolster their profits. For 2013-14, the Group’s pre-tax profits were £11.21m. In the same year, Stefan King appeared on the Sunday Times Rich List with a personal fortune estimated to be £54million.
That’s a lot of uniforms and training he could be investing in.
And speaking of training, we forgot to mention one more controversy G1 were involved with. The Group was recently removed from a government training scheme after the funder, Skills Development Scotland, found that nearly half a million pounds had been incorrectly claimed for.
Although the firm repaid the money, which was provided from the Scottish Government to develop workers’ skills, G1 was immediately suspended from the scheme.
G1 admits on their website that “one thing all our units have in common is our people - they work hard.” And they go on to boast that “investment in our people is the single most important contribution we make to our community.” Well perhaps G1 could do with some training themselves. The best way to “develop” and “invest” in workers is to pay them an appropriate wage!
But, with G1 owning so many pubs and clubs across Scotland, especially in Glasgow, I guess we’ll see you on Ashton Lane...
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