Donald Trump’s two Scottish golf resorts raised up to US $ 800,000 in subsidies from the UK government to protect jobs during COVID-19, but fired “telling” workers, a top union complained on Sunday.
Union representatives described the seizure of funds as a “scandal” and called for a state investigation.
Trump’s SLC Turnberry Ltd received up to $ 700,000 in taxpayers’ money, while its Balmedie, Aberdeenshire resort received up to $ 100,000 in just two months, according to government documents, the Scottish Sun reported. (The amounts are given in ranges.)
Some other golf resorts raised as much or even more. But the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers complained to The Scotsman that the Trump organization, which is “sucking up” public money while downsizing, is running a program to “mock” a program specifically designed to rescue Jobs was developed.
The union said 66 workers at Turnberry in Ayrshire have been laid off since last spring. Some have been reinstated, according to the union, but at reduced wages.
“We understand that the Trump Organization has at least violated the principles of the job retention program and that this should now be subjected to a detailed and forensic investigation,” said Her Majesty’s Finance and Customs Department the Secretary General of the RMT, Mick Cash . “That’s a scandal.”
When Trump asked both Ireland and Scotland to develop golf resorts in both countries, he promised the operations would generate significant tax revenues. In fact, the Trump Organization doesn’t appear to have paid a dime in taxes at any of the resorts because of consistently reported losses.
In 2017, Turnberry was granted a tax break of $ 147,000. The resort was later removed from the program to give troubled companies a break, the Sunday Herald reported.
“It’s bad enough that he’s doing business in Scotland,” Patrick Harvie, Member of the Scottish Parliament of the Greens, told the newspaper after the decision. “It is annoying to find out that the public sector is helping him.”
The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to a request from HuffPost for comment.
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