Survey for GMB union finds overwhelming support for legal protection from common employers’ tactic

Firing staff only to rehire them on worse pay and employment terms should be outlawed, according to new polling suggesting the public backs a legal ban on the practice.

With union demands for ministers to take action against “fire and rehire” in the forthcoming Queen’s speech, a Survation poll for the GMB union found that 76% of those asked said that it should be against the law. The figure included 71% of Conservative voters. Two-thirds of those polled (67%) suggested that they would be less likely to buy goods or services from a company that used fire and rehire.

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