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Transline Demise Proves 'Hire And Fire' Does Not Pay

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Lets hope the ugly face of the gig economy dies with them, says unions.

GMB, the union for agency workers, says news of Transline's impending administration [1] proves a 'hiring and firing' business model does not pay.

Transline have been criticised for the way they treat workers at the ASOS warehouse in Barnsley as well as at other companies.

GMB has consistently raised concerns with their employment practices and the model of precarious work which sees profits made off the backs of low pay, insecure work endured by thousands of people across the country.

Neil Derrick, GMB Regional Secretary, said:

"We've been calling for the dishonourable discharge of Transline from the world of work for some time.

"They have been the ugly face of the gig economy in recent years and have been at the heart of our campaigns against the exploitation of workers and precarious employment.

"They were the agency supplying workers to Sports Direct - they were sacked by Amazon and they are still supplying casual workers to ASOS in Barnsley.

"Lets hope the business model of making a quick buck on the back of the hiring and firing people looking for work dies with them.

"What workers really need is the hope of secure employment and certainty of income - that's good for the economy too.

"'Here today gone tomorrow' jobs are no good for anyone other than companies like Transline."

ENDS

Contact: GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors

[1] Sports Direct agency Transline preparing for insolvency

Company attracted controversy after workers at retailer’s Shirebrook warehouse were not paid minimum wage

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/apr/26/sports-direct-transline-shirebrook-warehouse-minimum-wage

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