The calls come after it emerged that the high profile chef and restaurateur had terminated the contracts of hundreds of his staff following the temporary closure of his restaurants due to the Coronavirus crisis.
Ramsay has received a torrent of criticism on social media, with many angry that the 53-year-old appears unwilling to dip into his considerable personal fortune to help his staff.
But industry figures including Jonathan Downey are calling on the world-famous chef - who operates 14 London restaurant including the three Michelin-starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay - to take advantage of the Government’s job retention scheme and furlough his teams.
“Anyone who has been made redundant this month, should be re-instated and furloughed,” says Downey. “Too much time is being spent looking at the detail of the Government’s Job Retention Scheme when what the industry should be doing, as a matter of urgency, is getting everyone on furlough. Too many people are fretting over the fine print but there’s no time for that now.”
As announced late last week (20 March), staff who lose their jobs due to the Coronavirus outbreak will have most of their wages covered by the Government.
The Government will cover 80% of the salary of workers, up to £2,500 a month, under a Coronavirus Retention Scheme. All employers will be eligible and can contact HMRC.
The Government is also deferring the next quarter of VAT payments, so there will be nothing to pay from now until the end of June. Businesses will have until the end of the financial year to pay the bills.
Updated: Ramsay has been responding to criticism on social media, firing back at critic Marina O'Loughlin.
You’ve clearly have never run a business, and yet across these very difficult times for all,you hide behind your pathetic tweets, get a grip will you !!! Cheap shots again and again from a bitter egotistical critic yawn ! https://t.co/IJVRRfkjww— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) March 27, 2020
You complain about food for a living ! Closed restaurants with your poison pen because they didn’t kiss your arse, ever thought about giving back across these difficult times???? I’ve done nothing BUT put my hands in my pockets for years ! https://t.co/IJVRRfkjww— Gordon Ramsay (@GordonRamsay) March 27, 2020
Celebrity chef and restaurateur Rick Stein and JD Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin have also come under fire for allegedly refusing to pay their staff's wages while their restaurants are closed.