A few more things you will not read in the New York Times:
We’ve been hearing from a very deep throat how Peter Gelb strategised his attack on Met staff. According to our source, he targeted employees near retirement age and offered them an early retirement package, saying ‘take this now or your job may disappear in a restructuring and if that happens you will get nothing.’
This is prima facie age discrimination, sacking people for reasons of age. Employees who received the offer say it is not very good. It involves a monthly payout sum, with insurance paid up only until next May.
Then what? Where will ex-Met employees get their meds? And where will they get another job? They are too old to retrain as baristas.
Gary Feinstein was not the only director who was fired. There are many levels of director at the Met. Susan Hayes, also fired, is senior to him. Ronnie Brown is another director who was fired. Anthony Marinelli who works closely with the mailhouses and makes sure the pamphlets and brochures make it out on time and with the correct information. Danny Valdes, head of house management, has been here for 30 years.
Our source adds: They do plan to fire a total of 50. The first 21 are people the Met thought should get some sort of severance package to soften the PR blow. The next 29 will get nothing.