No party to a contract can force new conditions on another.
In trying to do so, B&Q owner Kingfisher is in breach of its original contract with workers.
If they are unionised, employees must refuse the offer and take appropriate action to force Kingfisher to honour its agreements.
If they are not, then they should join a union now.
This Writer would advise them to take their lead from the junior doctors, who have been forced to strike against a contract imposed on them by Health Secretary Jeremy misprint Hunt.
Of course, that puts the Conservative Government on both sides regarding pay disputes.
It should be on the side of the workers in the Kingfisher case, but it is against them when it comes to the NHS.
In the meantime, This Blog advises all readers to avoid B&Q until the company accepts its responsibilities to employees.
This is a large firm that is not short of the money required to pay the increased amount.
How much do managers and executives take home?
Thousands of workers at B&Q face being sacked if they refuse to sign a new contract as the owner of the DIY giant introduces harsh new measures in response to George Osborne’s new living wage.
The national living wage comes into effect today, which forces employers to pay staff over the age of 25 a minimum of £7.20 an hour – a 50p rise from the previous minimum wage.
As a result of the new rate, B&Q owner Kingfisher has demanded employees sign away rights to a range of work-related benefits worth more than £1,000 a year.
Under the new terms workers will no longer be paid double time ‘premium’ pay for working Sundays and bank holidays and they will have their summer and winter bonuses cut.
Other benefits, such as additional allowances for living in London and other high-cost areas, will be lost.
Kingfisher says it has been forced to bring in the new cost-cutting measures so it can afford to pay the new living wage, which will rise to £9 an hour by 2020.
The blunt letter to employees – seen by The Times – warns that if they refuse to agree to all the changes and sign a new contract, ‘unfortunately, this will result in your dismissal’.
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