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Goodlord strikers to leave business as dispute comes to an end after 12 weeks

Tenant referencing giant says employment of staff involved has been ended with 'heavy heart' but union claims it played 'hardball'.

Nigel Lewis

Goodlord has revealed that, following negotiations with employees, Unite the Union and ACAS, the company has been unable to reach a resolution with the nine team members involved in the recent dispute.

The strike by the employees, who work in its tenant referencing operation, has now lasted for more than 12 weeks, has not been resolved.

“Despite months of negotiations and after multiple attempts to reach a resolution, it’s with a heavy heart that we announce that the nine people involved in the recent strike action have left the business,” a statement by company says.

“During the strike we held conciliation talks via ACAS where we explored every possible way of reaching a resolution. Our colleagues were offered a range of options to bring this dispute to an end.

“Unfortunately, none of the options put forward were taken up by these nine individuals, who instead indicated an intention to continue indefinite strike action.

“We believe our team has now exhausted all possible options for resolution and, as these colleagues weren’t prepared to return to work, we have had to take the extremely difficult decision to end their employment.

“The whole company is deeply saddened by this. Our objective from day one was to provide stable, permanent jobs for each of our much valued employees and it’s heart-breaking that our commitment to resolving this dispute collaboratively has not resulted in a more positive outcome.

“However, we do believe that this is now the only way for everyone involved to move forward. We wish our nine former colleagues the very best of luck in their next roles.”

Statement from Unite

In a statement, regional officer Steve O’Donnell says: “Goodlord’s refusal to do the right thing and back down on these poverty-inducing pay cuts has left its reputation in tatters.

“We know Goodlord’s clients are not happy at the situation and The Living Wage Foundation has ended the company’s accreditation.

“What is happening at Goodlord is exactly why fire and rehire, which is spreading through workplaces big and small across the country, needs to be outlawed.

“Goodlord CEO William Reeve’s attempts to play hardball with union busting tactics are simply making the situation worse.”

Read more about the dispute.

May 20, 2021

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