Donald Trump’s two Scottish golf clubs raised up to $ 800,000 in UK government grants to protect jobs during COVID-19, but laid off “dozens” of workers, a union complained on Sunday. foreground.
Union officials have called the seizure of money a “scandal” and are calling for a government investigation.
Trump’s SLC Turnberry Ltd received up to $ 700,000 in public funds, while its Balmedie, Aberdeenshire complex was paid up to $ 100,000 in just two months, government documents show. Scottish Sun. (Amounts are shown in ranges.)
Some other golf resorts have collected as much or more. But the National Union of Railway, Shipping and Transportation Workers complained to The Scotsman that the Trump organization was “sucking” public funds while cutting staff had mocked a program designed specifically to save jobs.
The union said some 66 workers had been made redundant at Turnberry in Ayrshire since last spring. Some have been rehired but with reduced wages, according to the union.
“It is clear to us that at the very least the principles of the job retention program appear to have been violated by the Trump organization, and that it should now be the subject of a thorough and forensic investigation. “by Her Majesty’s Tax and Customs Department,” said RMT General Secretary Mick Cash. “It is a scandal.”
When Trump courted Ireland and Scotland to allow him to develop golf resorts in both countries, he promised the operations would generate significant tax revenues. In fact, it appears that the Trump organization did not pay a dime in taxes at any of the stations due to consistently reported losses.
In 2017, Turnberry received tax relief of $ 147,000. The station was then banned from the program intended to give struggling businesses a break, the Sunday Herald reported.
“It’s bad enough that he has a commercial presence in Scotland,” Patrick Harvie, a member of the Scottish Parliament from the Green Party, told the newspaper after the decision was made.. “It’s annoying to hear that the tax dollars are helping him.”
The Trump organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment from HuffPost.
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