Solidarity has predicted that job cuts will increase dramatically in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Many firms who have taken advantage of the Government furlough scheme are now making workers redundant. Many sectors have already seen widespread redundancies, with unions warning thousands of more jobs could be wiped out. The government's plan to pay 80% of wages for staff kept on by employers came too late for many. They had already been laid-off.
Now we see a fresh wave of redundancies. Research by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex has warned 6.5 million jobs could be lost. This would equate to about a quarter of the UK’s total jobs, with more than half of the positions in certain sectors being lost.
Unemployment increased by 50,000 to 1.35 million, amounting to 3.9 percent, in the three months to March.
Patrick Harrington, general secretary of Solidarity said: "It's clear that we are heading toward a period of large scale job losses. Make no mistake your job is at risk. Our union has seen an increase in ill-founded disciplinary actions, fake redundancies, redundancies, and misuse of poor performance procedures. We've also seen probationary workers or workers under two years service (the time you need to be employed generally before being able to make an Employment Tribunal claim) summarily dismissed.
I'm pleased to say we've been able to block such moves against our members or gain financial settlements in many cases. If you are not a member of a union at this time you should join. Being a union member means you will get guidance, representation, and support in the troubled times ahead. Joining a union is a 'no brainer'. I'd like you to join our union but joining any union is a good move."
Solidarity invites you to join our union. We are a small union but we are passionate about defending our member's interests. We have amongst the most highly trained Reps of any union.
We invite you to join our union Solidarity. We are a small union but we are passionate about defending our member's interests.
The more workers who join us the stronger our voice will be.
It's time for us all to make a stand for the interests of the British Worker.
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