Last night the SKWAWKBOX exclusively reported that Labour had sacked furloughed staff by letter – from 1 August, the day when the scheme would have started to incur a relatively minor cost for the party.
Now Unite assistant general secretary and Labour National Executive Committee member Howard Beckett has announced that the party has been forced into a u-turn – extending furloughed employment to at least 1 October, when the situation will be reviewed:
A new letter, sent this morning by Labour to furloughed employees, reads:
I’m writing to confirm we have decided to revise our approach to the furlough scheme. Following the meeting earlier this week a number of points were made and we have reflected on these as an organisation.
As a result of the feedback and further discussions we will be writing to those staff affected to confirm the furlough period will be extended to the end of September 2020. There will be a taper in the amount which is received in September (this will be 70% or £2187.50) but this does mean additional support for these employees until then.
Given the fact we provided notice this week, we will be writing to these employees as soon as possible today to provide an update. If you have any questions in the meantime please let me know, however, I hope this provides additional security to this group of staff at this difficult time.
Thanks in advance
Director of HR and Safeguarding
Outstanding work by Labour’s left, especially Beckett and Unite.
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