The Unite Hospitality Union has confirmed they are taking part in a protest against so called “Fire and Rehire.” The tactic, used by employers allows them to terminate staff members employment from a certain role, and subsequently rehire them in a different role.
Edinburgh will see hospitality staff and union members from unite hitting the streets from 12 Noon. The general secretary of Unite Union, Len McCluskey released the following video via Twitter
Bryan Simpson is the Unite hospitality organiser and told Edge Radio “As one of the largest and most profitable hotel chains in the world, IHG could and should have retained these workers using the Job Retention Scheme. Instead, they terminated 95% of their workers at their two flagship hotels in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The company even had the front to use the furlough scheme to pay the notice pay of redundant workers. If that wasn’t morally reprehensible enough, they then invited some of these same workers back on reduced hours and wages.”
An IHG Hotels & Resorts spokesperson confirmed job losses to Edge Radio stating “We considered all options to avoid, reduce or mitigate redundancies at these hotels. However, despite working tirelessly to preserve employment opportunities, including use of CJRS, we ultimately had to restructure our teams given the prolonged impact of the pandemic on our industry. We followed a fair and transparent process that allowed all colleagues to fully participate and remain committed to re-employing as many of our former team members as we can when business returns to these hotels.”
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