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Nottingham: Labour MPs support strikers against fire and rehire

TWO Nottingham Labour MPs have pledged support for workers in the city striking against imposition of fire-and-rehire contracts.

Workers at BCM Fareva staged a 24-hour strike today in protest against new contracts which cut pay and worsen conditions.

The company supplies pharmaceuticals and cosmetics to high street chain Boots.

Backing came from Nottingham South MP Lilian Greenwood and Nottingham North MP Alex Norris.

Mr Norris said fire-and-rehire contracts are unacceptable, adding: “I fully support the difficult decision taken to strike.”

Ms Greenwood said: “I’ll be working with Usdaw, the TUC and my Labour colleagues to ban these shameful fire-and-rehire tactics by employers.”

Usdaw national officer Daniel Adams said: “Fire and rehire has been condemned by politicians from across the political divide. 

“Even the current Prime Minister has said that it is ‘unacceptable as a negotiating tactic’. 

“So we very much welcome the messages of support from local Labour MPs and urge the company to withdraw its threat to fire and rehire.”

BCM Fareva was approached for comment.

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