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To: CEO Richard Morris (IWG PLC, Regus, Spaces, HQ)
IWG ACT NOW: Close your Centres! (Regus, Spaces, HQ & other IWG centres)
IWG, We ask that the following steps are taken:
1- Freeze Rents & Memberships or provide substantial discounts.
2- Close all centres immediately, but leaving access for key-workers if necessary.
3- Keep all CA's, CM's as well as Sales Staff at home and paid for as the retention scheme should be able to cover 80% wages. Centres can operate normally like any weekend.
4- Waive any cancellation fees during this period for companies struggling financially.
Why is this important?
After the government announcement on the 23rd of March, unprecedented measures were announced that no one should be leaving their homes unless for exercise, essential travels, shopping or if they are Key Workers going to work.
Today, IWG centres remains open; Profiteering from companies during this global pandemic whilst asking their landlord for a 3 months grace period. IWG has not only decided to profit before staff’s welfare, they also gone against their Exceptional Service Statement” – “We exist to help modern, ambitious business work where, when and how they want.” – www.regus.com. During this pandemic, small & medium size companies are making loss and struggling financially whilst locked into a long-term contract unable to leave with no relief or discounts.
IWG employees are also forced to decide between working, or to taking holiday leave to get paid. Despite the UK government announcing that they will cover 80% salaries for those who must stay home. IWG employees are not key workers and should be forced to stay home.
IWG centres are open 24/7 for members with private office spaces, with the front help-desk open Monday-Friday 8am to 6pm. During this pandemic, IWG can close their front help-desk and centres, but leaving it open to clients who are key-workers which is showing their support to key-workers during these tough times. We ask that IWG reconsiders their situation and provide support to their employees and clients.