The ongoing recession in the UK is no excuse for firms to engage in unfair redundancies, it has been said.
According to Brendan Barber, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, a few "irresponsible" employers are using the economic downturn as an excuse to make spurious sackings and redundancies.
He said: "Businesses that do this are jeopardising their long-term prospects by throwing away valuable skills and talent for the sake of short-term savings and could potentially fall foul of the law."
Mr Barber went on to say that where compulsory redundancies are inevitable, unions will work to ensure that they are fair and free from discrimination.
He made his comments in the wake of figures cited in the Guardian which suggested that there has been a rise in the number of inquiries concerning unfair dismissal over recent months.
Produced by the Citizens Advice Bureau, the statistics indicated that the organisation saw an 18 per cent rise in such inquiries over the last quarter of 2008.