Bosses under fire for telling staff to vote Tory or risk job loss

Bosses under fire for telling staff to vote Tory or risk job loss

Two company bosses have come under fire for allegedly asking their staff to vote Conservative in the previous general election, or risk losing their jobs.

The Guardian reports that John Brooker, of Storm Technologies, allegedly told staff to vote Tory “if you value your job”. Brooker, the MD of Storm Technologies, wrote to employees on the day of the election, saying that he hoped they would “exercise your right to elect your chosen candidate/party”.

He also wrote: “If by any chance Labour win, we’ll have to rethink a few things here at the company so if you value your job and want to hold onto your hard-earned money vote Conservative. Labour voters will be made redundant first if Labour do win and things slow down.

“Feel free to vote for whoever you want but I have said my piece.”

Warren Kenny, the GMB’s London Region Secretary, said in response that this is an “example of oppressive working environment seven years of Tory rule has created.” He added that staff should be allowed to vote for who they like, without fear of reprisal, labelling Brooker as “Dickensian” - The Guardian reports. 

In his defence, Brooker claimed that “no offence was intended, nor was there any threat whatsoever levelled at staff. This was nothing more than internal banter now completely taken out of context.”

In a separate incident, Greg Knight, MD of Jennings Racing, warned staff that their roles were at risk. “Whilst it is certainly not our place to meddle in anyone’s private political views it is important that every person employed in the betting shop industry understands the implication that a change in government will bring,” Knight said.

He explained that a Labour government may reduce the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBT) from £100 to £2 – which would harm revenues.

The letter was later leaked on twitter, to which users branded it “disgusting”. 

A spokesperson for the firm responded in a statement: “JenningsBet believes that it is important for its employees to understand political policies that may impact upon their livelihoods and economic security.

“The email that was sent to all employees on 7 June provided an accurate assessment of political manifesto commitments in relation to bookmaking.

“It is, of course, entirely a matter for individual Jenningsbet employees to decide how they wish to vote and what factors they wish to take into account. There is nothing in the email which is not factually correct.”

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