Thérèse Coffey - Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Ban the use of fire and rehire
Ban the use of fire and rehire practices in the UK, which can be used to force staff to accept pay cuts and poorer conditions.
Why is this important?
Thousands of workers across the UK are at risk of being held to ransom by their employers through a practice known as ‘fire and rehire’. Companies can force their staff to accept pay cuts and poorer conditions, or face the sack.
And the worst thing? At the moment it’s legal, so soon many others could follow suit.
Countries like Ireland and Spain have already taken decisive action to outlaw fire and rehire, but our government hasn’t. The longer we wait, the longer people’s livelihoods remain at serious risk.