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15 Nov 2021

Evie Breese, The Big Issue

UK: Union alleges Ocado drivers face 'botched version of fire and rehire’ with 10 workers rehired on worse conditions

"Ocado Zoom workers face ‘botched’ fire and rehire tactics as MP highlights their ‘appalling treatment’", 15 November 2021


Around 80 workers have been fighting to save their jobs...after Ocado Zoom...ended its contract with...Ryde and Stuart, putting the drivers out of work. 

Ocado initially said it would rehire workers who had lost their job, but union Independent Workers of Great Britain (IWGB) has said the new roles are on considerably reduced pay, lack flexibility, and so far only 10 workers have been employed...

Some drivers say they have bought new vehicles and feel they have “invested time and money” to help build the Ocado Zoom business, so are aggrieved at now being forced to accept worse terms or find work elsewhere...

“It’s like a really botched version of fire and rehire, because they’ve just fired them. They’ve either rejected them or not finished the hiring process,” said the president of union IWGB, Alex Marshall...

However, a company spokesperson told The Big Issue all drivers have been offered “the chance” to come in house. 

Marshall said that just four of the IWGB union’s members have received contracts to work for Ocado Zoom through Job and Talent, and estimated that 10 of the original cohort of drivers have received employment...

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