Local hotel boss urged to ‘come out of hiding’ after sudden closure

The Lovat Hotel and former boss Stuart Shearer

A trade union has called on the boss of Perth’s troubled Lovat Hotel to “come out of hiding”.

Stuart Shearer closed the Glasgow Road establishment without warning at the end of last month.

The 33-year-old has so far refused to return calls and emails from angry staff, guests and wedding parties who have been left in the lurch.

Staff who turned up for work on January 25 were handed a note stating: “Any member of staff in possession of this letter has been made redundant with immediate effect”.

However, other staff who were not working that day did not receive the letter and have still had no formal confirmation about the future of their employment.

Bryan Simpson, of trade union Unite Scotland, urged Mr Shearer to face up to his debts and responsibilities.

He said: “Despite being told informally by senior managers, some of our members haven’t even been given formal written notice of redundancy, meaning that they are completely in the dark about their livelihoods and the money they are owed.

“Our message to Stuart Shearer is clear — stop hiding from your staff and pay them what they are due.”