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The company I work for was bought out six months ago. The new owners have now told us they intend to start a two-shift system and that they are going to change our bonus arrangements which have been in place for the last 15 years. This will cost us all a lot of money. Can they do this against our wishes?

It’s more than likely that your employment contracts and working practices will have been preserved when the company changed hands. So unless your employers could convince an employment tribunal that the changes are essential for the survival of the company they will only be able to alter your contracts with your consent. If you have a trade union it should discuss the changes with your employer. Failing that you should take detailed legal advice urgently.

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