Greggs reviews decision on Glasgow store pay

Greggs has changed its mind on a decision to dock the pay of those who didn’t work their shift, after the Glasgow lorry tragedy.

Workers at the bakery were unable to reach the shop the day after the incident which killed six people and injured eight, after it was cordoned off by police.

Workers who turned up for a shift at Greggs were offered work at another Glasgow branch for the day.

At the time, the bakery giant said that those who didn’t take up the option risked loss of pay. It has since released a statement explaining that it would now ensure that even those who elected to go home did not risk loss of pay.

A spokesman said: “We offered alternative work in our other Glasgow shops to ensure staff did not lose pay for the day. But we recognise that this was not a suitable option for everyone and have now taken steps to ensure there is no loss of pay for those who elected to go home instead.

“After the tragic events in Glasgow on 22 December, the staff at Greggs’ George Square shop took the decision to open the doors for the emergency services and provide them with hot drinks and cakes.

“Our thoughts went out immediately to the victims and families of those affected by the tragedy.

“Although the shop had to close to the public immediately after the accident, Greggs maintained full pay for staff on that day.

“On the following day, when it became clear the shop was still unable to open, the company offered all staff alternative work in nearby shops to ensure they were able to maintain their earnings.”

Greggs also said two workers who had directly witnessed or been traumatised by the tragedy had been given paid sick leave.

The incident occurred when a lorry went out of control in Queen Street and George Square.

Greggs will be releasing a trading update tomorrow. 

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