THE Scottish Government should intervene to stop “savage” job cuts at the Trump Turnberry resort in South Ayrshire, a union has said.

RMT officials say the Trump Organisation is using the pandemic as a “shameless” guise to cut terms and conditions for workers.

The union says more than 80 posts face being made redundant at the resort now that a consultation period is over, with reductions in sick pay and working conditions also expected.

Nicola Sturgeon has said she is not aware of the issues at Trump Turnberry but said all businesses should be responsible to their workforces.

Calling for action to stop the “savage” job cuts, the RMT has written to the First Minister, saying the Trump Organisation “is shamelessly using the global pandemic as a guise for slashing terms and conditions of workers in Scotland”.

RMT senior assistant general secretary Mick Lynch said: “It has been clear from the outset that the company is hell-bent on cutting jobs and slashing terms and conditions, under the guise of Covid-19, while at the same time as being in receipt of British taxpayers’ money in the form of furlough payments.

“It is disgraceful that the Trump Organisation is ploughing ahead with these outrageous cuts, when it is clear that the real goal is casualising the workforce, with no regard for its dedicated employees.

“With deadline for the consultation over job losses looming this Sunday, RMT is calling for the Scottish Government to take action to protect these workers livelihoods’ from their employer’s shameful plans.”

Asked about the dispute at her daily coronavirus briefing on Friday, Ms Sturgeon said she was not aware of the specific issues at the resort.

She said: “I would say to all businesses, whether they are Trump businesses or any other businesses – and the vast majority of businesses in Scotland are operating in this way – be responsible to your workforce during a difficult time.

“Fair work is vital at any period but it is particularly important right now when everyone is suffering really difficult challenges.”

She added: “We all have to work through these difficult challenges collectively and in a spirit of solidarity.”

Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop, who was also at the briefing, said: “I would also echo what the UK Government has said, that they wouldn’t want to see anybody misusing the situation just now in terms of redundancy or indeed in misusing the furlough scheme as a cover for redundancy.”