Ferguson Furloughs Drivers But Calls For More Flexible Scheme

FERGUSON Transport and Shipping has furloughed 26 drivers and 14 staff following the launch of the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme portal, after being reassured payments for furloughed workers will arrive in the company’s bank account within six days of a claim being submitted online.

However, MD Alasdair Ferguson is calling for the government’s furlough scheme to be more flexible so that hauliers are able to call on furloughed staff intermittently to meet fluctuating demand from customers.
Under the government scheme, companies can furlough employees and apply for a grant that covers 80% of their monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month, plus National Insurance and pension contributions.

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