Many catering and hospitality employees for Delaware North, who often work at the Emirates Stadium, are currently not receiving payment.

A general view outside the stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg match between Arsenal FC and Olympiacos FC at Emirates Stadium on February 27, 2020 in London, United Kingdom.
LONDON, ENGLAND: Emirates Stadium on February 27, 2020, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The Guardian write that Delaware North employees are still awaiting guidance on whether they’re eligible to be furloughed, despite receiving no payments since the season shutdown and nothing for shifts they already committed to.

As we know, Arsenal announced they’d continue paying their casual employees as normal until the end of the month. Whilst they have been doing so, this seemingly doesn’t account for workers from contracted companies not on the club’s payroll.

On the one hand, this isn’t actually under Arsenal’s control. It’s up to Delaware North to pay or furlough their employees. Arsenal are paying their own employees and contractors as usual.

On the other, Arsenal should be putting pressure on their contractors to act, if they want to remain with the club. The Gunners have a very public presence and they should make use of it.

Clearly, Arsenal shouldn’t be working with a company that leaves their employees high and dry like this. Let’s hope they make that clear and Delaware North resolve the situation.