CONSTANCE CALLS FOR COMMITTEE INQUIRY INTO TESCO
Published date : 09 February, 2021
Angela Constance, the MSP for Almond Valley has written to the Convener of the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee following growing concerns about the fire and re-hire tactics of Tesco, who are forcing a new contract on nearly 300 workers at the Livingston Distribution Depot. Tesco are forcing some of their employees in Livingston, and beyond, to forego a previously negotiated part of their pay or risk redundancy with the prospect of re-applying for their own jobs.
Ms Constance said:
“I have written to the Scottish Parliament's Economy Committee because Fair Work is an important part of their remit. Fire and re-hire tactics will result in almost 300 Livingston workers becoming poorer and Tesco are reneging on a previous agreement with the workforce over retained pay. As Tesco are not listening to reasonable calls from the workforce and Trade Union representatives to pause and negotiate, I am asking the Committee to hold an evidence session on the impact of fire and re-hire tactics on Fair Work in Scotland. My MP colleagues will continue to press the UK Government with respect to employment law, but it is imperative that the actions of Tesco are scrutinised here in Scotland too. During the pandemic distribution workers have went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the nation is fed and they deserve and need our support’.
Attachment - Letter to Gordon Lindhurst MSP, Convener of Economy, Energy & Fair Work Committee
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