GMB condemns company for treating its staff with “utter contempt”

The WorksThe Works has threatened to sack up to half its workforce after they refused to accept changes to their contracts.

Employees at the high street retailer’s Birmingham distribution centre have been told they will be dismissed unless they accept the changes – which mean new working patterns, including forced bank holiday and weekend working – by Friday.

GMB regional organiser Dominic Hinks 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 hardworking 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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