Published on Monday, April 20, 2020

Former G Adventures employees question its 'moral responsibility'

Some of the seven members of staff recently made redundant by G Adventures have questioned the morality of the company for refusing several requests to furlough them.

Seven UK employees were told on March 17 they would lose their jobs, as part of the company's response to the impact of Covid-19, which saw 100 worldwide staff made redundant - most of them based in Canada.

Despite repeated requests by the affected staff to take advantage of the Government's furlough scheme, which allows former staff to be rehired for the purposes of being eligible for the scheme, as long as they were on the payroll in mid-March, G Adventures has not done so.

The former employees say the operator, which markets itself as a responsible company, is not following its own core values.

One former staff member said: "It just feels very wrong. The reasons I've been given for not being furloughed are just excuses. It's clear and apparent that G Adventures can do something but they are refusing.

"When you consider the values of the business and the fact that they utilise those values and ethics to gain customers and staff, it's really, really poor - and hypocritical.

"I feel that people deserve to know who G Adventures are as a business. They've treated people poorly. I feel misled. The values were a big part of why I joined. They have a moral obligation to help us."

The staff member added: "We could be rehired on the furlough scheme. It only takes six working days for the money to come through and so G Adventures would get their money way before they need to make the payments to us."

Another former staff member said: "The method of redundancy was brutal.

"G Adventures actually sell themselves as a responsible company. A caring company - it's in their marketing.

"Their mission statement is about  'changing lives through travel', yet staff who requested this [to be furloughed] were at first ignored, then told no. I'm angry.

"They recently launched a new social media campaign, which is very difficult to see at the moment."

G Adventures' website says: "The foundation of our success is built on one very simple principle: Do the right thing all the time, every time. For our staff, for our travellers, for the people and places we visit.

"We're more than a company, we're a family - a family of diverse individuals united by a profound respect for, and enthusiastic belief in, not only our values, but each other."

G Adventures has not yet responded to TravelMole's request for a comment over the specific issue of furloughing the seven redundant staff, however, it did issue the following statement:

 "In response to the impact of Covid-19 on the travel industry, in mid- March we made the tough decision to exit a number of individuals from our business globally, including seven individuals from the UK workforce.

"These measures were taken to right-size the company and these were roles that will not be required in the immediate future. This action was taken prior to the UK government's introduction of a furlough scheme, which we have since been able to leverage and have placed 40% of UK staff on furlough."

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