‘It’s a total disgrace’: Bobby Dean slams Tory decision to block bill banning ‘fire and rehire’
Hard-working people around Sutton, Carshalton and Wallington have been let down by the government AGAIN after it blocked a law banning ‘fire and rehire’.
Put forward by Labour MP Barry Gardiner – the bill would stop profitable firms from using firing and rehiring as a tactic to lower wages.
Despite receiving cross-party support, Conservative MPs were ordered to oppose the legislation in the Commons on Friday.
“Boris Johnson’s government loves to bang on about how much it does for workers – but when given the chance to help end the shocking tactic of ‘fire and rehire’ – once again it lets them down,” says Bobby Dean – the Lib Dem parliamentary spokesperson for Carshalton and Wallington.
“It’s a total disgrace that they keep letting giant corporations get away with bullying people into worse pay and conditions with no notice.
“In some cases, people have been given just two weeks to choose whether to accept longer hours for less money – or lose their jobs.
“But to be honest, it’s not surprising from a party that thinks the way to sort out the country’s financial struggles is to snatch cash from those who can least afford it.
“Our local MPs have to stand up for local workers and stop fire and rehire.”
During the COVID pandemic dozens of large firms used the tactic, including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Argos, British Gas, and Asda.
Mr Gardiner’s bill would have outlawed this while allowing companies to restructure if they are in financial trouble.