An IT firm in Watford sent staff an email warning “Labour voters would be made redundant first” on polling day, GMB has revealed.
An email seemingly sent by John Brooker, Managing Director of Watford based Storm Technologies Ltd, has come to light which was sent to his staff on Thursday 8 June, General Election Day.
The email, sent to everyone in the company, started with the hope staff had exercised their right to elect a chosen candidate or party before telling them to vote Conservative if they believed in free enterprise and progression without being taxed out of the game.
The email follows up with a direct threat to employees and how they should vote: “If by any chance Labour win, we’ll have to re-think 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……….”
Storm Technologies has recently been accepted as IT suppliers of Hardware, Software and Technology Services under the new Crown Commercial Services Agreement enabling them to be a Public Services IT reseller.
Warren Kenny, GMB London region secretary, said: “It is unacceptable and morally and ethically wrong for a company director to tell his staff that ‘Labour voters will be made redundant first if Labour do win’.
“A boss should not be harassing employees or interfering with their right to vote for who they wish – it’s Dickensian, workhouse nonsense.
“Any staff working for John Brooker should be have been able to vote for their candidate or party of choice without fear for their jobs and their livelihoods.”
“If you want to see an example of kind of oppressive working environment seven years of Tory rule has created – this is it.”