Members of the Unite union have protested outside the office of Crewe and Nantwich MP, Dr Kieran Mullan today against a practice known as “Fire and Rehire”.
The practice is controversial as it sees employees being dismissed and then offered a new contract of employment.
Opponents of the practice argue that the terms and conditions of the new contract are sometimes worse than that of the original employee contract.
Fire and Rehire has recently made the headlines when British Gas engineers refused to sign a new contract offered by the parent company, Centrica.
The new contract would have seen the engineers work extra hours for less money.
Unite regional secretary for the North West, Ritchie James, said:
We’re not interested in sympathetic words from the government; we want action to protect the workers of this region. While fire and rehire is legal in this country, no worker is safe
It is too easy for bad bosses to exploit working people in this country. The power to stop it sits with the prime minister.
During the Queen’s Speech tomorrow, we’re calling on Mr Johnson to use that power, get behind Britain’s workers and ban fire and rehire
In a recent Survation poll for the GMB union, 76% of people thought the practice of fire and rehire should be outlawed.
The figure included 71% of Conservative voters. Two-thirds of those polled (67%) suggested that they would be less likely to buy goods or services from a company that used fire and rehire.
Crewe News has approached Dr Mullan for comment.