Unions hit out over unfair dismissal proposal

The TUC has hit out at reports of a leaked document which suggests a Government adviser has recommended scrapping the right to claim unfair dismissal.

The TUC has hit out at reports of a leaked document which suggests a Government adviser has recommended scrapping the right to claim unfair dismissal.

According to the BBC, the report by Adrian Beecroft, which has not been made public, says that under current rules workers can "coast along" and some are impossible to sack.

The Government has already announced plans to limit the right to claim unfair dismissal by changing the qualifying rules. Employees now have to have been employed for two years rather than one before they can claim unfair dismissal.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: "Scrapping protection against unfair dismissal, even for people who have given years of loyal service, will do absolutely nothing to boost the economy. Indeed if people are constantly in fear of losing their jobs it will lead consumers to spend even less.

"But while this proposal does nothing for growth, it does show the kind of economy those close to the Prime Minister want to create – one in which nasty bosses are given full license to undermine those trying to maintain decent standards.

"The clue is in the name. Employers already have plenty of powers to make fair dismissals. Giving them the right to act unfairly may go down well on the backbenches, but will horrify employees."





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