A Brush With Fire and Rehire

Engineers at Brush Electrical Machine have committed to the company throughout their tenure ranging from 2 years service to over 50 years.

They have worked through the pandemic as key workers and given continued support to the business and its customers.

“a comprehensive massacre of terms and conditions”

They have worked away from family and even been told to travel to different countries during pandemic, unvaccinated and with little contingency in place, resulting in some engineers contracting COVID and passing it to their infant children.

Brush’s stance during pandemic has been driven by a want to save money. Not a need to save money due to sustainability. There had been no evidence given thus far instead a comprehensive massacre of terms and conditions worse on every part from basic salary, pension contributions, overtime, holidays and offshore conditions. Resulting in an annual loss of £10,000 to £15,000 per engineer.

During this time the company have repaid furlough payments to the government (they cannot pay dividends and bonuses if the company has accepted furlough), given out pay rises to all but the service engineers including themselves, along with bonuses.

“In all likelihood it could be you next”

This behaviour should be made illegal as, without any evidence or morality the company – or ANY company – has the ability to force these conditions upon us all. We are fighting to stop it but in all likelihood it could be you next.