Areas of Law / Employment

We’ve had letters saying our jobs are at risk, and they want us to put in writing what changes we’d be prepared to accept. But the company won’t commit itself about what it’s prepared to pay, or what the new hours will be. Do they have to put an offer in writing?

It would be a good idea for the employees to ask a lawyer specialising in employment law to attend a meeting. Employers can alter workers’ contracts if it is “reasonable in the circumstances” to do so. If the choice is between the firm going bust and paying employees less for longer hours, it’s possible an employment tribunal would sympathise with the employer. I take it you all have individual employment contracts which are not subject to a collective agreement. In that case your options will depend on the extent of the proposed changes.

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