Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan asks Leader of The House for a debate on employment practices in changing corporate landscape

Press Release from

Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP

House of Commons, LONDON, SW1A 0AA

 10 September 2020

“EMPLOYEES FACING BRUTAL CHOICES THROUGH CORPORATE EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES”

RT HON DAME CHERYL GILLAN MP ASKS LEADER OF THE HOUSE FOR A DEBATE ON EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES IN CHANGING CORPORATE LANDSCAPE

The experience of a constituent led the Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP to ask the Leader of the House for a debate on corporate employment practices.  The Chesham & Amersham MP, who has many constituents working for British Airways, said “Employees, particularly women, are facing brutal choices.”

Dame Cheryl asked the Deputy Leader of the House Stuart Andrew MP who substituted for Jacob Rees Mogg MP (who is in quarantine pending the results of a Covid 19 test on one of his children):

“Notwithstanding the debate on the aviation sector later today – as just one example of how British Airways is treating employees, I have a constituent whose contract has two months to run. She has been sent a new contract expecting her to take a pay cut of thousands of pounds and transfer on to a zero-hours contract or take compulsory redundancy. She feels threatened and bullied and knows of other companies following this pattern. Can the Government please look again at corporate employment practices and the way some employees, particularly women, are facing brutal choices – and then we can examine what more can be done to assist them in this changing corporate landscape?”

Stuart Andrew MP replied:

“ I thank my Rt Hon Friend for the question. Of course, it has put a huge strain on many industries, but the government has taken unprecedented action to support them and in light of this the sort of behaviour my Rt Hon Friend describes is frankly unacceptable. I would like to assure her the government is fully committed to ensuring all employers remember the contract they signed with their employees. There is a debate this afternoon but I certainly think that may be a topic on which she may wish to apply to the Backbench Business Committee.”

Dame Cheryl said, “The practice of offering a new contract, at short notice, on lower terms and conditions or face redundancy is putting many loyal and long term employees under unacceptable pressure. Employers must consider how they treat their work-force and we need a fresh look at these distressing employment practices that have been highlighted because of the coronavirus pandemic.”