The former Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Shadow Minister for International Climate Change will be in conversation with Stroud District Council leader Doina Cornell at the Subs Rooms on April 6.

Barry last year introduced a Private Members’ Bill in Parliament to outlaw the practice of fire-and-rehire – where employers force staff to accept lower wages, different hours or changes in working conditions – but it was blocked by Conservative MPs.

Fire-and-rehire is back in the news after 800 P&O workers lost their jobs last week.

Barry Gardiner said: “We’re living through a time of incredible uncertainty. Insecure employment is one of the worst things that people are facing, and of the main ways that’s being manifested is through fire-and-rehire.

“The irony is that fire-and-rehire will drive down wages and in doing so it will cost the taxpayer more because those people will be forced into in-work benefits.

“So all of us will pay in the end to subsidise these companies who are making sure their workforce earns less so that their shareholders can get more in dividends. And that’s not right.”
Cllr Doina Cornell said: “Fire-and-rehire is one of the scandals of our age. Workers should be treated with decency, not exploited for profit.

“The government could end the practice of fire-and-rehire if it wanted to – it’s already banned in Ireland, Spain and France. It’s time for the government to stand up for working people who have worked so hard throughout the pandemic.”

The event starts at 6.30pm with a half hour campaign film followed by a question and answer session chaired by Doina Cornell.

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