Monday, August 15, 2011

Pubs minister pledges to work behind bar

Harriet Harman and Tessa Jowell are considering doing a couple of hours at my pub to support the cause. They were hoping to get that London Living Wage for their shift, which is about £8.30 an hour, off the top of my head, but I told them paying two members of staff that sort of money for four hours would be regarded as highly irresponsible by my pub company, Scottish & Newcastle because THEY really know how to run a business and have been telling me for years that I pay my staff too much and that I have too many of them on shift (all the time) and THAT is why I cannot afford their £65,000 rent on top of my £29,000 business rates and my £15,000 charges for gas and leccy.

We were right in the middle of the 'disturbances' last week by the way - slap between Peckham and Brixton where we got a bit of broken glass, NOT next door to the tube station in Knightsbridge, which is where S&NPC's rent control panel seems to think we are.

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