Manchester United give staff a week to decide on mass ‘voluntary resignation’ offer

Manchester United’s non-football staff have been invited en masse to accept the redundancy, in a club-wide email sent on Tuesday afternoon.

United are giving employees just seven days to make a decision on whether they wish to continue their careers at the club.

The offer relates to all employees who are not scouts or playing staff and therefore affects some who work at the club’s Carrington training complex. Employees have been given until June 5 to decide whether to accept what the club describes as a “voluntary resignation”, although some employees, who wished not to be identified when discussing confidential emails, argued it looked much more like to a voluntary redundancy program.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who completed his minority investment in the club in February, is looking to cut United’s costs as part of the restructuring process taking place with the club losing £42 million ($52.5 million) despite posting overall revenue. healthy.

Earlier this month, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the club’s minority owner, told United staff at a general meeting that working from home would no longer be permitted and subsequent emails insisted staff must return to the office by June 1 at all locations, including the club’s offices in Old Trafford and London, as well as its training base in Carrington. The redundancy process represents an opportunity for staff to leave the club if they do not wish to work from the office, for personal or professional reasons, while also reflecting that INEOS appears to encourage staff who do not wish to accept its culture. to leave their jobs.

United also asked any staff who wanted to travel for the FA Cup final on Saturday to pay a £20 allowance to do so.

INEOS is looking to reduce the club’s staff of more than 1,000 with consultancy firm Interpath Advisory hired last month to review operating and trading costs across the club.

United hope the cost savings can help them better adapt to Premier League and UEFA financial regulations, as well as allowing for greater investment in playing equipment.

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Members of staff attending the FA Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley Stadium were asked to contribute to travel costs and were not provided with food for the trip. Traditionally, staff were offered free entry, which they again received.

Ratcliffe is making radical changes and recently sent an email to all staff to highlight the lack of order at both Old Trafford and Carrington, describing one area as a “disgrace”.

Staff have been warned that poor performance at an organization like INEOS would lead to benefits such as the cancellation of Christmas parties, with the implication that this could also work at United.

United finished the season eighth, their lowest position in the Premier League era, but qualified for European football after winning the FA Cup at Wembley.

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