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Goodlord says new contracts are not ‘fire and rehire’ policy as strike starts

Lettings proptech platform has not managed to avert the industrial action at its London HQ.

Nigel Lewis

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Lettings platform Goodlord has denied that the company has adopted a policy of ‘fire and rehire’ ahead of a strike due to start today at its HQ offices in London.

The company has become embroiled in a fight with half a dozen employees who are member of union Unite, which is currently running a national campaign against what it says is a growing trend of fire and rehire policies during Covid.

Fire and rehire is when a company lets staff go and then rehires them with poorer rights such as holiday entitlement and pay.

The two sides continue to claim differing numbers of Goodlord staff involved with the unions saying 20 will strikes for a week starting today, but Goodlord claiming seven.

Last week Unite conducted an aggressive campaign both on social media using a hashtag #badlord. There have also been reports of small groups of demonstrators outside several Goodlord customers including Winkworth offices.

“We’re saddened that the situation has reached this point and we’re also disappointed at the rumours and misinformation that have been circulating over the past few weeks,” a Goodlord spokesman says.

“This is categorically not a ‘fire and rehire’ plan.

“Instead, we offered a number of temporary workers the opportunity to take up permanent contracts; roles which bring the security of full-time employment, the UK Real Living Wage, above statutory paid sickness and holiday leave, and access to bonuses.

“The vast majority were happy to take up this offer. The small minority who chose not to move forward with the new permanent contract offered were given several months’ notice of the changes, which included an extension to their temporary contracts so they had time to find alternative employment.

“We still hope to resolve this issue through dialogue and we’ve never walked away from any conversations. In the meantime, this involves a very small number out of our 200+ team and we are taking measures to ensure that normal customer service levels will be maintained.”

February 22, 2021

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