Fire and rehire: Teachers call for an end to 'morally indefensible' practice

Teachers are being asked to back an MP’s campaign to repeal laws allowing schools and others to fire and then rehire staff on worse pay and working conditions.

Labour MP Barry Gardiner says that thousands of workers across the UK have been “fired and rehired” on worse pay and conditions for the same job.

The practice has existed for years, but the pandemic has seen a dramatic rise in its use.

Research from the TUC published in January found that nearly one in 10 workers have been told to re-apply for their jobs on worse terms and conditions since the first lockdown. This includes almost one in five 18 to 24-year-olds.

Furthermore, the TUC found that black and ethnic minority workers are almost twice as likely as white workers to be affected.

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