Brothers restaurant owners issue statement on allegations

Weyburn Review
April 24, 2014 01:00 AM



We feel it is necessary to address some of the allegations made in the media about our family owned and operated business. As a result of changes in our business this past winter, we found ourselves in the position of having to restructure our restaurant hours of operation. As part of the restructuring process, employees were advised their current positions would no longer be available and were laid off. We held a subsequent meeting with employees to discuss the changes and the implications to their future employment opportunities with us.

As a result of the changes of our hours of operations, some of our employees advised us they required more hours than we were now able to offer and made the decision to not return to our employment. Most employees did so in a respectful manner and we wish them the best of luck.

Other employees unhappy with changes we were forced to make, indicated they would not be returning. We respect their decision if not the way they have chosen to conduct themselves toward our business and their former co-workers.

We would like to be clear that we have not hired any new employees. We have and continue to employ some temporary foreign workers, who are now filling some of the vacated restaurant shifts. All of the people who currently work for us were staff members who have chosen to remain with us through the restructuring of our operation.

All employees were offered employment within the framework of our new restaurant hours. The two employees who are choosing to take their case to the media were both offered jobs under the restructured operation. It was entirely their choice to reject our offer of employment and the new structure of their hours of work.

We have worked hard to establish our business and our reputation and we do our utmost to support our community and our employees. It has been a difficult time for our business and we have had to make difficult decisions in this respect. What is being said about our family, our business and our employees is not only hurtful, it is an inaccurate account of the situation as it occurred.

We each immigrated to Canada as young men and have a great respect for our employees who have immigrated to Saskatchewan in search of better jobs and better lives. They are honest hard-working people and we appreciate their dedication to our business through this difficult transition.

Thank you.

JGH Enterprises Ltd.
J. Siourounis, G. Siourounis, H. Siourounis
o/a Brothers Bar
Weyburn


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