Every worker has the right to be treated with decency and respect at work

The NASUWT is today calling on the Government to repeal laws that allow schools to fire teachers and then rehire them with worse pay and working conditions.

Speaking at an NASUWT fringe meeting at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton, General Secretary Dr Patrick Roach will call for the ‘shameful’ practice to end.

Dr Roach will be speaking alongside Labour MP Barry Gardiner, whose private member’s bill would end the practice that allows employers to dismiss workers from their jobs before offering them the same job with worse pay, worse pension and worse working conditions.

Dr Roach says, ‘Fire and Rehire is wrong. It’s unfair and it’s unjust. It is morally indefensible and degrading, damages staff morale and threatens productivity. This shameful practice creates a climate of mistrust between employees and their employers and is bad for workers and bad for business.’

The NASUWT welcomes the Labour Party’s commitment to end the practice of fire and rehire, but they should go further by demanding the repeal of anti-trade union laws which allow bad employers the opportunity to exploit workers by using these shameful practices.

Levelling up means ending inequality and injustice at work which are holding back education and our economy. No worker should be forced to take industrial action to ensure that the terms of their employment contract are respected.

Dr Roach calls for change in the law to stop fire and rehire and says, 'Nothing else will do.'

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Stop Fire and Rehire

Tell them that employers should not be allowed to threaten teachers and other staff with dismissal if they refuse to accept changes to their contracts of employment which would mean worse pay, worse pensions and worse rights at work.

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