STUC warns hospitality employers not to pass the burden onto workers when businesses reopen

July 15th 2020

STUC warns hospitality employers not to pass the burden onto workers when businesses reopen

July 15th 2020

Edinburgh pub worker calls on hospitality staff to join a union urgently

Commenting on the re-opening of indoors hospitality on 16th July, Roz Foyer, General Secretary of the STUC has reminded employers that workers are preparing to resist detrimental changes to contracts and conditions associated with the safe return to work. Roz foyer said:

“Indoor hospitality re-opening safely depends on changes to working conditions. But these must not be allowed to come at a cost to workers.

“Workers are the heart of hospitality, but for too long employers have been able to pass the unstable condition of the industry onto their staff.

“We will not forget the businesses who refused to furlough their staff during this pandemic, and who have treated workers callously with attempts to make them sign away their terms and conditions in order to ringfence profit or prevent unexpected costs.

“From cafes like Coias in Dennistoun to cinema chains like Cineworld, workers have come together to win their demands in the return to work period.

“If you are asked to work differently or to sign a new contract, don’t accept, delay, and work out with your colleagues whether you are happy with the proposal. Then join a union and take action.”

Matthew Waddell, 19, who returns to work at the Diggers pub in Edinburgh on the 15th July, urged workers to be prepared to resist the prospect of changes to work and conditions. He said:

“The incoming economic crisis should be a call to all workers to join unions, unionise their workplaces and make sure those unions are active.

“The precarious nature of hospitality work and the effect a COVID recession will have on it makes unionisation all the more urgent.

“The Better Than Zero campaign against precarious work is on hand to give guidance and support for hospitality workers and any other workers who do not have unions.”

ENDS

For further comment contact Cailean Gallagher on 07950 884769

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