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Bar and leisure group G1 threatened with more protests after demo in Ashton Lane

By Ian Marland at

Campaigners have vowed to protest outside more G1 Group venues over what they say has been the unfair treatment of 10 staff members.

A demonstration was staged outside The Grosvenor venue in Ashton Lane at the weekend.

G1 Group and Ashton Lane

Venue: The staff were employed at The Grosvenor venues in Ashton Lane

Better Than Zero claims ten members of staff have been dismissed over what their employer alleges is the misuse of the company’s discount scheme.

Campaigners say the action by G1 Group is wrong and have called for the staff members to be reinstated.

G1 Group is reported to have said it has acted in compliance with the law and claims it has suffered reputational damage caused by the campaign.

Video posted on Facebook showed the demonstrators shouting slogans in support of The Grosvenor staff.

APPLAUDED

Its post claimed that customers in Ashton Lane applauded its calls during the protest on Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, a petition has been launched on the 38 Degrees campaigns site with more than 1,400 names (as of Sunday afternoon).

According to Better Than Zero, the petition seeks: “To reinstate the 10 workers at the Grosvenor Cinema, Cafe and Lane who were unfairly and disproportionately dismissed for using the staff discount scheme to purchase food and to drop gross misconduct charges for the others.”

Its adds: “On 30 August the G1 Group sacked 10 members of staff at the Grosvenor Cinema, Cafe and Lane for using a staff discount on food for their colleagues.

“The amount of money saved by staff on discounts range from £1.89 – £30.

“G1 workers made the company £66.6 million in revenue last year.

“If you think this is unfair then sign the petition and share on social media.”

In a further post Sunday, the campaign group writes: “We will picket a G1 venue every week until the #Grosvenor10 are reinstated.

‘WORST’

“Tell us about your worst experiences with G1 and help choose our next target.”

The Better Than Zero campaign was launched by the Scottish Trades Union Congress in 2015 to campaign against poverty pay and zero hours contracts.

G1 Group is one of Scotland’s largest hospitality and leisure operators, run by the entrepreneur Stefan King.

The group has its headquarters in the former BBC building on Hamilton Drive, off Queen Margaret’s Drive.

Glasgow West End Today was told no one was available for comment when we called on Sunday afternoon.

The Sunday Herald reported on poor pay and conditions that included the Ashton Lane protest, and ran a response from G1 Group in which a spokesperson said that it did not normally respond to “unfounded allegations” but because of “systematic bullying” by campaigners and a “personal vendetta” by Better Than Zero it had taken legal advice, and made Police Scotland aware of the alleged harassment of its employees by protestors.

In that article, G1 Group said that it had acted in compliance with all legislation and claims it has suffered reputational damage caused by the campaign.