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Same. Until now I haven't been that bothered and inasmuch as it reflected badly on anyone, it would primarily be the club, as they chose to furlough someone then approach a volunteer. But this is really without class.

 

On the official Facebook page he's also posted a photo taken by Jonathan Mitchell - a guy who I've worked with before professionally, and was never anything short of diligent and scrupulous - without any kind of credit or bothering to ask permission. This would be bad enough even if Jonathan hadn't worked for Morton in the past. The fact that he did makes things worse.

 

The club needs to get a grip of this situation.

The post effectively encouraging everyone else to go and steal photos to post for him to use?

 

Apart from the fact he forgot to allow photos to be added meaning nobody could and the whole episode was even more pointless than it seemed from the off.

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Legally he can’t. The furlough means you cannot do any form of work for your employer.

 

Didn't realise that

The point being that Ewan is essentially on temporary redundancy due to the position not being required. Having a volunteer carry out the role is an abuse of the furlough system completely.

 

If they want content, they should be paying Ewan to do it and if he’s furloughed, the only thing that should be going out are official updates from McKinnon.

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Nobody should be surprised at what's happening at Cappielow right now.

McKinnon was brought in to save money.  It's all about sustainability for McKinnon. If that means breaking a few eggs it doesn't matter. Andy Bryant was an easy target, money saved. Alyson Fielding another easy target, money saved. Ewan Boyle could be another easy target when there is someone willing to do the job for free, money saved. How long before we have a plastic pitch and no requirement for Parklea and another long serving employee gone, money saved.

 

The only employees that will be left at the club are those that bring in more money than they are costing unless that is you can get a volunteer to do it for free.

 

Make no mistake McKinnon's raison d'être is sustainability. He's been put in place to stop this club losing money and Crawford has given him a free hand to do whatever it takes for that to happen.

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Nobody should be surprised at what's happening at Cappielow right now.

McKinnon was brought in to save money.  It's all about sustainability for McKinnon. If that means breaking a few eggs it doesn't matter. Andy Bryant was an easy target, money saved. Alyson Fielding another easy target, money saved. Ewan Boyle could be another easy target when there is someone willing to do the job for free, money saved. How long before we have a plastic pitch and no requirement for Parklea and another long serving employee gone, money saved.

 

The only employees that will be left at the club are those that bring in more money than they are costing unless that is you can get a volunteer to do it for free.

 

Make no mistake McKinnon's raison d'être is sustainability. He's been put in place to stop this club losing money and Crawford has given him a free hand to do whatever it takes for that to happen.

 

Who are you?

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A coward who's prepared to put the boot in whenever the opportunity arises but won't take responsibility for my comments.

 

Thanks for clearing that up, I don't disagree with any of your initial points incidentally.

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I do: the idea that we should suddenly be holding Parklea up as a La Masia level beacon of the club’s future is laughable nonsense.

 

As for the only employees staying being those who bring more net money than their cost - that is supposed to be the backroom culture at GMFC: it’s a business and not a social club. Nobody should be getting a job for life based on past history or, in the case of the disgraced skidmark wiper, a ludicrous claim to the Morton Hall of Fame.

The site is supposed to be a place for the extended 'family' of Morton supporters - having an affinity with people that you don't know, because you share a love of your local football club. It's not supposed to be about point scoring and showing how 'clever' or 'funny' you are, or just being downright rude and offensive to people you don't know, because you can get away with it. Unfortunately, it seems the classic case of people who have little standing/presence in real life, use this forum as a way of making themselves feel as if they are something. It's sad, and I've said that before..

 

So, having been on Morton forums for about 15 years I guess, I've had enough... well done t*ssers, another Morton supporter driven away. You can all feel happy at how 'clever' you are

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I do: the idea that we should suddenly be holding Parklea up as a La Masia level beacon of the club’s future is laughable nonsense.

 

As for the only employees staying being those who bring more net money than their cost - that is supposed to be the backroom culture at GMFC: it’s a business and not a social club. Nobody should be getting a job for life based on past history or, in the case of the disgraced skidmark wiper, a ludicrous claim to the Morton Hall of Fame.

 

 

His/her point is though about what MacKinnon has been brought in to do. We can all have our opinions about what's right or wrong, but it's essentially a pretty accurate assessment of his job description. I don't have a problem with that, in spite of some question marks over the methods employed to find staff guilty of gross misconduct. Discipline is one thing though, cost cutting something else. I'd have thought that a kitman's job could possibly be done on the cheap by part time or existing staff, but can the same be said for a physiotherapist?

 

 

If Morton feel the need to make redundancies then so be it. It's not nice, but can't really be helped in some cases. There is however a massive difference between enforced redundancies and opportunistic disposal of staff because someone comes along offering to do the job for less money or for free. That's utterly immoral and would show both Morton and the volunteer in a horrendous light.

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It’s a total kick in the baws for our usual media guy to basically get told to do one, then have an outside source come in and do his job voluntarily. Then, to really rub salt in the wounds, the outside source has went and updated his LinkedIn or whatever social media platform it was, stating he is now our media officer. Canny imagine our current media rep to be best pleased about that snake move.

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It’s a total kick in the baws for our usual media guy to basically get told to do one, then have an outside source come in and do his job voluntarily. Then, to really rub salt in the wounds, the outside source has went and updated his LinkedIn or whatever social media platform it was, stating he is now our media officer. Canny imagine our current media rep to be best pleased about that snake move.

I wouldn't have an issue if it was just someone keeping things ticking over but it's not. It's doing things a different way and then giving yourself a job title.

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That's utterly immoral and would show both Morton and the volunteer in a horrendous light.

Agree that would be immoral. But there’s no suggestion yet that it’s on the cards. The fact he was furloughed rather than let go might suggest the intention long term is to bring him back (I think some academy staff were let go, weren’t they?). The criticism still feels a couple steps ahead of the facts I think. If what you fear comes to pass then yeah, that would be terrible.

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The point being that Ewan is essentially on temporary redundancy due to the position not being required. Having a volunteer carry out the role is an abuse of the furlough system completely.

 

If they want content, they should be paying Ewan to do it and if he’s furloughed, the only thing that should be going out are official updates from McKinnon.

I'm not sure it is an abuse of the system (or unlawful, as some have also suggested). The scheme doesn't require a role to become (temporarily) redundant - it is much more focused on the emplyer's ability to maintain its workforce through the pandemic (and with no meaningful income that is clearly an issue for Morton and other football clubs). It doesn't seem to require that employers prove they can't cover those wages. The scheme expressly allows for core business activities to be re-allocated - but seems to allow the employer to decide which activities are essential (there's room to argue either way whether social media/comms is essential, or what bits of that are essential - but I don't see the government getting in to that level of detail).

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I'm not sure it is an abuse of the system (or unlawful, as some have also suggested). The scheme doesn't require a role to become (temporarily) redundant - it is much more focused on the emplyer's ability to maintain its workforce through the pandemic (and with no meaningful income that is clearly an issue for Morton and other football clubs). It doesn't seem to require that employers prove they can't cover those wages. The scheme expressly allows for core business activities to be re-allocated - but seems to allow the employer to decide which activities are essential (there's room to argue either way whether social media/comms is essential, or what bits of that are essential - but I don't see the government getting in to that level of detail).

It allows 'critical business tasks' to be allocated to other members of staff that are not furloughed. It does not say that you can hire a volunteer to cover the work of a paid employee. Considering that the furloughed employee is not allowed to do volunteer work for the organisation, I think it's, at the very least, against the spirit of the scheme to hire someone else to volunteer for their role.

 

I don't think there's room to argue that this role is what they're referring to as a critical business task. Any necessary communications can be made by a non furloughed member of staff or a director.

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He's succeeded in making Morton's social media output all about him. Which, I guess, is what he's wanted all along.

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The stadium was just resting in my account

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Just caught up with this shambles. Gerry Irvine was bang out, absolutely zero need for that. As for the whole situation itself, I’m giving the club the benefit of the doubt here and assuming they still wanted to put out content and engage with the fanbase and saw the boy Callum as an opportunity to do that. Bending the furlough rules a bit? Probably, but I don’t think there was much wrong with their intent (that of course hinges on the original guy actually getting his job back at the end of it though)

 

The problem is the stand-in hasn’t exactly endeared himself to a lot of our fanbase in the past and his “soft spot for the local team” shite is beyond nauseating. Less than a full day into the role he puts out that statement, and does the Linkedin thing as well. Wether he realises it or not, he’s been a complete fanny here and needs to take some responsibility for it.

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