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The Works threat to sack staff

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Works store threat to sack staff by Friday 19th June unless they accept new employment terms at Birmingham Centre.

Union will support staff with young children who are struggling to find and pay for childcare at weekends and bank holidays.

GMB members employed by high street chain retailer The Works Stores Ltd at their Birmingham Distribution centre are facing dismissal following the company“s threat to sack up to half the workforce who are refusing to accept changes to contracts of employment.

The company has said they will be sacked unless they accept the changes by the end of this week (19th June 2015.) The new contract mean new working patterns, forcing bank holiday and weekend working which are detriment to staff.

GMB members facing dismissal are based at Midpoint Park, Minworth, Birmingham.

Dominic Hinks, GMB Regional Organiser said: I am appalled that such a well known chain treats its workforce with such utter contempt. These changes will significantly impact on work life balance and earnings for members who are predominantly migrant workers. These new contracts will hit individuals hard financially.

It is clear to me that The Works Stores are imposing these patterns on its workforce on the cheap by refusing to pay previous enhancements stipulated in their contracts.

This is an employer who makes an awful lot of money on the back of its loyal and hard working workforce and is now reneging on its contractual obligations for no other reasons that corporate greed.

The company have also offered no support to those employees who have young children and who have informed them that they are struggling to find and pay for childcare at weekends and bank holidays. The vast majority of employees are migrant workers who do not have the support of an extended family with childcare.

GMB will support our members if the company goes through with the threats to sack them.

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