Tesco workers have won a court case against the supermarket’s use of ‘fire and rehire’ tactics.
Employees at Tesco distribution centres in Daventry and Lichfield faced a cut to their wages as part of a change to their terms and conditions of employment.
The Union of Shop Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW) brought the case representing 42 Tesco workers to the High Court, arguing the supermarket was firing and rehiring people on worse terms. Tesco disputed the claim and is considering an appeal.
The ruling, which will prevent the supermarket from using fire and rehire in this case, has been described as a “huge win” by their lawyer. USDAW has been battling against the increasing use of the tactics alongside MPs and other unions for over a year.
“The practice of firing and re-hiring staff on less favourable terms and conditions has been in widespread use over the last 18 months as employers try to erode rights that have been hard fought for and are there to protect some of the lowest paid in society,” said Neil Todd, trade union specialist at Thompsons Solicitors, which represented USDAW in the case.
“Tesco had made unequivocal commitments to its workers who had come into work throughout the lockdown, when it needed them most. The court agreed that, in those circumstances, it wasn’t then open to them to deploy fire and rehire tactics when it suited them.”