It’s a hard and uncertain time for everyone at work right now. Almost 9 million people across the U.K. - close to a third of the workforce - have been furloughed. And with the furlough scheme set to end in October, many of us might be worrying about getting laid off at the end of the summer. Here's what some Organise members are saying about redundancy worries:
"I work in the theatre. The government has completely closed down our industry but offers little or no help after October and mass redundancies are expected in July as theatres won't be able to afford to even keep us on furlough with no sign of when things might re-open."
"I think there will be mass redundancies after the furlough scheme is wound down in August and I don't think the Universal Credit system will cope. I'm self-employed and work in the hospitality/entertainment industry and I don't think I will be able to start work again until September or October. I also don't think I will be able to find alternative work in my home town, which is small. I think the hoops that Universal Credit make claimants jump through take away dignity and cause stress when there will be far fewer jobs to go around."
Losing a job can be a really stressful event in a person’s life - and it’s normal to feel worried. But, it’s important to remember at the moment that things won’t be this stressful and uncertain forever. If you are worried about being made redundant over the next few months, we’ve prepared this series of guides to help you understand the redundancy process and make sure you know what your rights are.
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