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PM's 'pathetic response' on fire and hire gives bas bosses carte blanche

09 Jun 2021
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Government already failing on ‘levelling up’ agenda says GMB Union

GMB, Britain’s general union, says the Prime Minister’s ‘pathetic’ response to fire and rehire gives bad bosses carte blanche to use the ‘cruel’ tactic.

Responding to a question in Parliament today on fire and rehire, the PM said “hire and fire should only be used in limited circumstances such as to prevent job losses...when all other options have been exhausted”.

Gary Smith, GMB General Secretary, said:

“The Prime Ministers pathetic responses will give bad bosses carte blanche to use this cruel and archaic practice whenever they see fit.

“Thousands of workers across the UK - and their families – have had their lives ruined by fire and rehire bullying.

"But the UK Government clearly supports the continued use of fire and rehire, there’s no levelling-up for workers’ rights here.

“This is a pivotal moment for our covid recovery in terms of how we value our workers going forward. Outlawing fire and rehire would be a good start.”

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