20 pub staff lose their jobs as the Crown is shut

Essex County Standard: Julie Bain Julie Bain

A PUB has closed unexpectedly, leaving 20 workers without jobs.

The Crown, in High Street, Manningtree, announced on New Year’s Day it would be closed until further notice.

Landlady Julie Bain, 52, who has run the pub for 21 years, has left due to ill health.

A sign on the pub’s front door reads: “Closed until further notice” and a message on its Facebook page read: “We are closed until further notice.”

Greene King refurbished the pub in May last year.

A spokesman for the brewery said: “The Crown is operated by an independent entrepreneur, who is solely responsible for the employment of all team members and the operation of the pub.

“Sadly, due to ill health, Ms Bain has decided to leave the Crown and we understand she closed the pub on January 1.

“We are looking for new tenants and hope to re-open the pub as soon as possible.”

The pub, which dates to the 17th century, describes itself as the “most popular family venue in the area”.

Jenine Collier, chairman of Manningtree’s chamber of trade, said: “It is a tragedy it has closed. It brings people into Manningtree.

“I think Julie, who has kept it running for 21 years, deserves a lot of respect.

“The economy has been up and down, Manningtree has gone through lots of changes and she has kept that business going. It is a great shame – she is a great loss as a businesswoman to this town.”

Customers have expressed their shock.

Ian Bacon said: “I feel for all the staff.”

Carlton Howe said: “The whole situation should have been handled better with more communication to the staff.

“Employers have a duty of care towards staff.”

Michael Watson said: “My thoughts are with the staff who have looked after us so well over the years.”

In August last year, Ms Bain became Greene King’s longest serving landlady.

At the time she said: “I plan to stay for as long as possible. I love it here.”

The Gazette was unable to contact Ms Bain yesterday.

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9:22am Sun 5 Jan 14

SOMETHING2SAY says...

" Ill health" ??? The people on the street tell a different story !!!
" Ill health" ??? The people on the street tell a different story !!! SOMETHING2SAY
  • Score: 3

10:45am Sun 5 Jan 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Perhaps she is using illness as an excuse to run away from the dreaded PubCo contract she is tied to. However, that was her decision to enter into such a contract and as the employer she should not treat her employees in such a way leaving them high and dry, it's a despicable act which has little at all do with whether she is ill (questionable!) or not. So she doesn't sound to be much of a businesswoman or a loss to Manningtree.
Perhaps she is using illness as an excuse to run away from the dreaded PubCo contract she is tied to. However, that was her decision to enter into such a contract and as the employer she should not treat her employees in such a way leaving them high and dry, it's a despicable act which has little at all do with whether she is ill (questionable!) or not. So she doesn't sound to be much of a businesswoman or a loss to Manningtree. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 5

11:07am Sun 5 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

Siaiio look at the picture and then read what you wrote.can you see the errors.
Siaiio look at the picture and then read what you wrote.can you see the errors. stevedawson
  • Score: -6

1:44pm Sun 5 Jan 14

EssexintheUSA says...

SOMETHING2SAY wrote:
" Ill health" ??? The people on the street tell a different story !!!
I'm out of town - what's the word on thr street? Has her old 'illness' returned?
[quote][p][bold]SOMETHING2SAY[/bold] wrote: " Ill health" ??? The people on the street tell a different story !!![/p][/quote]I'm out of town - what's the word on thr street? Has her old 'illness' returned? EssexintheUSA
  • Score: 0

1:11am Mon 6 Jan 14

Amiga1200 says...

Sounds like a good case for unfair dismissal. Unfortunately, new legislation now makes it more difficult to prosecute bad employers if indeed this landlady has acted unfairly. And having been in the position of taking a former employer to court very recently for a similar circumstance (sudden redundancy) I know only to well the financial implications of losing a job in such a fashion.
Sounds like a good case for unfair dismissal. Unfortunately, new legislation now makes it more difficult to prosecute bad employers if indeed this landlady has acted unfairly. And having been in the position of taking a former employer to court very recently for a similar circumstance (sudden redundancy) I know only to well the financial implications of losing a job in such a fashion. Amiga1200
  • Score: 2

4:24pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Amiga1200 wrote:
Sounds like a good case for unfair dismissal. Unfortunately, new legislation now makes it more difficult to prosecute bad employers if indeed this landlady has acted unfairly. And having been in the position of taking a former employer to court very recently for a similar circumstance (sudden redundancy) I know only to well the financial implications of losing a job in such a fashion.
Somehow I suspect someone on the meagre wage of barstaff will struggle to bring such legal action, let alone pay for the advice of a solicitor.
[quote][p][bold]Amiga1200[/bold] wrote: Sounds like a good case for unfair dismissal. Unfortunately, new legislation now makes it more difficult to prosecute bad employers if indeed this landlady has acted unfairly. And having been in the position of taking a former employer to court very recently for a similar circumstance (sudden redundancy) I know only to well the financial implications of losing a job in such a fashion.[/p][/quote]Somehow I suspect someone on the meagre wage of barstaff will struggle to bring such legal action, let alone pay for the advice of a solicitor. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 1

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