Sir Jim Ratcliffe shows ruthless side in Man Utd meeting – ‘Seek alternative employment’


Sir Jim Ratcliffe has brutally told Manchester United staff to ‘seek alternative employment’ if they are not willing to work on club premises.

The Old Trafford co-owner has looked to put a stop to homeworking in a bid to boost productivity as the club continues to go through an overhaul. TheGuardian report that in a meeting, the INEOS founder made his position clear and told attendees: “If you don’t like it, please seek alternative employment.”

United had utilised a flexible work-from-home policy following the Covid-19 pandemic but Ratcliffe revealed this would come to an end during an all-hands meeting which saw people attend in person and

via video call. Ratcliffe had received a tour of Old

Trafford and Carrington and cited email traffic statistics to illustrate why he expected workers in the office.

 

Implementing the change is not without its challenges however. It has been suggested there is not enough room to accommodate all employees at Manchester and London premises, while some staff are on flexible contracts and as a result their terms do not demand them to work from club offices.

It is not the first alteration that Ratcliffe has led that could see frustration in the club ranks. Provisions for staff heading to the FA Cup final have been reduced compared to previous years.

Last year’s showpiece against Manchester City saw all 1,100 staff members receive free tickets and transport. This year those working for United have been told they must pay £20 for coach travel and there will be no lunch provided for the trip to Wembley.

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