I worked a trial shift at the Ginger Dog pub. I was told that it would last for a 'couple' of hours. After three hours of working, I was told that it was going really well and that I had the job. In my experience, bosses in the hospitality sector will say this just to get people to work longer for free. I was asked to stay on and agreed to work for an extra three hours, meaning that I worked for six hours in total. I decided after this to not take the job and I contacted them the next day to tell them. I also requested payment for the full six hours worked. They did not respond to my email. I sent them another email and received no response again. I emailed them again and told them that if they didn't pay me, I would take action via Brighton SolFed, and I sent them some links to articles about previous cases. They emailed me back the same day and agreed to pay me for the three additional hours I worked beyond the initial three hour trial shift, which I accepted. I know that they had two other people working trial shifts that week and I don't think they got paid for them. This seems to be a common theme in hospitality. Hopefully this will encourage others to take action - the Ginger Dog were obviously worried about the power of direct action solidarity!
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