Unite Wales urges Toyoda to implement its living wage ...

Unite Wales urges Toyoda to implement its living wage responsibilities fairly

11 April 2016

Unite the largest trade union in Wales has today condemned the decision of Toyoda Gorsei to  offset the cost of implementing the living wage by stopping payment for its employees when taking breaks.

It is understood that workers have received letters stating that Toyoda has decided to amend contracts of employment following the implementation of the 'national living wage' on Friday 1 April 2016.

Gareth Jones, Unite deputy regional secretary commented: " Toyoda's actions run completely contrary to the intention of the living wage legislation, which is about raising the pay of the very lowest paid in our society. If implemented these changes will see our members no better off, as the company will counteract the wage rise with cuts to paid breaks.

"Employers such as Toyoda must implement the living wage changes in the spirit that they were intended. Implementing draconian changes to terms and conditions to avoid responsibilities will have a massively detrimental impact on staff morale and the resulting performance of the business.

"Unite urges Toyoda to think again ensure it treats its workforce in a fair and equitable manner."


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Notes to editors:

  • Unite has over 60 members working at the plant