Tesco temporarily prohibited from ‘firing and rehiring’

17 February 2021

Usdaw (one of Britain’s largest trade unions with over 400,000 members nationwide) has confirmed that it has won an interdict in the Court of Session in Edinburgh against Tesco. Tesco has since been temporarily prohibited from terminating employee contracts and subsequently rehiring employees on lower pay rates at its Livingston site.

The union states that the ‘fire and rehire’ process would have resulted in impacted staff losing out on anything between £4,000 and £19,000 per annum.

Tesco is said to be ‘surprised’ at the court’s ruling and is investigating ways in which it can legally challenge the result.

Usdaw’s National Officer, Joanne McGuinness, commented:

 “We are very pleased to have secured this victory for our members who faced a huge cut in wages after Tesco moved to renege on a longstanding collective agreement made in good faith. It is a major victory in the fight against ‘fire and rehire’ tactics, which are now being used by too many businesses.
The court delivered a temporary prohibition and we are now calling on the company to honour the judgment and withdraw its plans at all sites. We stand ready to seek a permanent interdict for Livingston and a High Court injunction for the other sites to defend this unfair pay cut for hundreds of key workers.
Tesco can stop this now, by doing the right thing and withdrawing their threat to these longstanding staff, who have worked throughout the pandemic to keep stores stocked with the essential items we all rely on.”


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