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Usdaw secures a “resounding victory” against fire and re-hire

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady

Commenting on Usdaw securing an injunction to restrain Tesco’s use of fire and re-hire, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“This is a resounding victory in the battle against fire and rehire – and, thanks to Usdaw, a win for the union movement.

“Too many employers think they have free rein to threaten workers in secure jobs with the sack if they don’t accept a new contract on worse pay or conditions.

“Today’s judgment is an important win against an employer trying to use this scandalous practice to end a promised permanent benefit. But we can’t just rely on the courts to protect working people using current weak laws – we need action from government too.  

“It’s time for ministers to finally deliver on their manifesto promise to protect and enhance workers’ rights – that means stopping fire and rehire without delay.”

Polling published by the TUC last year revealed that nearly one in 10 (9%) workers has experienced ‘fire and rehire’ since the first lockdown in March. 

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