GMB calls on billionaire owner to bail out staff at Celtic Manor

The GMB has called on billionaire Celtic Manor owner Terry Matthews to “put his hand in his very well lined pocket” to save over 450 jobs at the famous hotel.

The hotel announced that around half of jobs are at risk due to reduced demand as a consequence of the coronavirus crisis.

GMB regional organiser Lorraine Gaskell said: “This is terrible news for Newport. This workforce has helped to make Terry Matthews the first billionaire in Wales, so we think it’s only right that in these unprecedented times, he puts his hand into his very well lined pocket and keeps the staff on furlough.

“This decision is short sighted and cruel.  When this pandemic passes, he will need their skills, hard work and dedication to keep the Celtic Manor Resort as one of Wales premier venues. GMB will do all we can to support our members who are affected.”

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