Pimlico Plumbers boss in furious rant over ‘stupid culture’ of furlough scheme: ‘Selfish!’

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Pimlico Plumbers boss Charlie Mullins, 67, joined Eamonn Holmes, 60, and Ruth Langsford, 60, on This Morning as more workers return to the office in light of the coronavirus crisis. Thousands applied to the Government’s furlough scheme at the end of March when the nation was put into lockdown, meaning 80 percent of their wages would still be paid despite not actually working. Chancellor Rishi Sunak, 40, has extended the economic incentive until the end of October, but the businessman told the ITV presenters it has become a “stupid culture” and some members of the public are taking advantage of not returning to work.

Speaking from his home in Marbella, the business owner said: “To get people back into the workplace, we need to end [furlough] as quick as possible.

“The obvious ones who have got to be on it – I think we need to start a new scheme on it – but let’s not kid anyone.

“The majority of people now who are in a position to be able to go back to work, don’t want to go back to work.”

Eamonn then explained only a third of employees are returning to the workplace before asking the guest: “Are you basically saying furlough is too attractive?”

“If you’re paying anyone to sit and home and do nothing, that’s what they’re going to do,” Mr Mullins added.

Continuing his rant, the Pimlico Plumbers boss said: “The problem is, most people’s workplace is too far from the beach for them.

“We need to end it, it’s had its day, it’s done what it needs to do at the time but we now need to move on.

“Get the economy going, get people back inside the workplace and stop this stupid culture of people thinking they can sit at home and just be paid for it.”

Mr Mullins then went on to blast those taking advantage of using the furlough scheme, labelling them as “selfish” in his opinion.

“They couldn’t care about anyone else or the economy. It’s going to become counterproductive as people won’t be motivated enough [to do their work].”

“I don’t think it’s the way forward,” Mr Mullins declared, adding it will become “harder” for employers to get their staff back.

Pimlico Plumbers has already seen some of their employees’ contracts terminated and others made redundant after ending their use of the furlough scheme.

450 workers have returned to their jobs, with 30 having lost their job as a result of Mr Mullin’ actions.

The interview sparked a debate on social media, with viewers offering both sides of the argument to the business owner’s comments.

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One wrote on Twitter: “Yes, people will actually only start to realise the restrictions being forced on their lives when they are made to get off their sofas and go back to work, everywhere needs to open up and people make their own choices, not moan about everyone else’s!”

Another added: “Furlough is not a choice made by employees. Employers have made a business decision to furlough staff for a multitude of reasons and I’m positive those people would love to get back to work, it’s just not possible for the majority.”

Whilst a third commented: “Some of us have no choice about being furloughed, it’s our employers making that decision every month. Why doesn’t Charlie Mullins help the economy by holidaying in the UK? Such a hypocrite!!”

“I’ve not seen this particular interview but seen him on other things. I don’t think he’s criticising the people that can’t go back to work, he is criticising the ones who won’t,” a fourth posted in defence.

With the economy all but shut down since the end of March to mid-June, it is thought the furlough scheme has cost the Government £25billion.

The next change to the process is set to be made in September when the state will only pay for 70 percent of employees wages.

Although the economic support programme is set to end in October, it is thought the entire system will come to a close by November.

An incentive of a one-off £1,000 payment has been offered by the Government for those employers who keep staff in their jobs from November and January 2021.

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Source: https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/1319389/Pimlico-Plumbers-Charlie-Mullins-furlough-scheme-latest-news-This-Morning-ITV-video

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