End of the Furlough Scheme: STUC warns employers not to bring back furloughed workers on lower pay or fewer working hours

September 29th 2021

End of the Furlough Scheme: STUC warns employers not to bring back furloughed workers on lower pay or fewer working hours

September 29th 2021

The STUC has called on employers to end uncertainty for workers. It also warned bosses not to take back furloughed workers on lower pay or fewer working hours. Reducing contractual terms and conditions would be a breach of employment law.

STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer said:

“We have argued throughout this crisis for the furlough scheme to provide more consistency and certainty and for it to continue until the economy recovers.

“Over 100,000 workers in Scotland were on furlough in September. As of today, many of those workers are still uncertain of their future.

“We are particularly concerned that some employers may seek to re-employ workers on less favourable pay and working hours. This would be plain wrong, and in many cases would breach employment law.

“Any affected worker who has not been informed by their boss about a return to work should contact their employer immediately. They should also contact their union or fellow workers.”

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For more information, please contact Rachel Thomson, Campaigns & Communications Officer, on 07974966227.

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