The coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the world with each passing day, and one devastating outcome of the virus has been the sudden loss of jobs for some people.
Credit to #LFC vowing to pay Anfield’s matchday casual workers for the postponed home games up to the end of April. Will cost the club around £250,000 per match.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) March 19, 2020
A report from The Guardian claims that the UK is set to face a wave of unemployment with social distancing causing many retail outlets and small businesses to close down, and football clubs have been no exception.
The Evening Standard are reporting that some teams in the National League have already put non-playing staff on notice of redundancy, though Premier League sides are doing their best to avoid this situation.
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And Liverpool have put a plan into action with the Liverpool Echo reporting that the club have ensured matchday and casual workers will continue to get paid during the Premier League suspension, a gesture that was met with widespread acclaim from supporters on social media.
Here’s what many Liverpool fans had to say about the news on Twitter…
Wow that’s a lot!
— Sucre (@SUCRE32) March 19, 2020
This is exactly what I needed to hear! I’ve lost my job and this was only source of income so this is massively appreciated ❤️
— Olivia (@OliviaMulhearn) March 19, 2020
We look after our own. Don’t we Jimbo🙏YNWA
— Kevani (@KevaniLFC) March 19, 2020
— Richard Mulhall (@MulhallRmaol) March 19, 2020
Not only are they paying us for the games, but us who work in retail (we are casual but work through the week in addition to matchdays, because the store is open every day) will also be paid for every hour we had been given on every rota until min/4th April. We are so grateful 🔴
— Liv (@olivotoole) March 19, 2020
— Matthew Gannon. (@MattyJackGannon) March 19, 2020
As per the Echo’s report, Liverpool could pay out up to £750,000 to employees in the upcoming weeks.