Workers who make cosmetics and pharmaceuticals sold by Boots are to strike against “fire and rehire” policies.

Manufacturer BCM Fareva, based in Nottingham, supplies products to the health and beauty retailer and other outlets.

Retail and distribution union Usdaw says BCM has threatened to “fire and rehire” its staff to cut pay and worsen conditions — a tactic being used by dozens of employers across Britain and affecting two million workers, according to the TUC.

The BCM workers will strike for 24 hours on Thursday, July 22.

Usdaw national officer Daniel Adams said: “The proposal to drastically cut sick pay and other terms and conditions for these key workers, who have given their all through the coronavirus pandemic, is totally unacceptable.

The company is now in the process of threatening to ‘fire and rehire’ staff unless they accept these dramatic cuts.

Our members have been left with little choice other than industrial action.

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