Government plans to double the amount of time after which workers will qualify for protection against unfair dismissal will have a negative impact on as many as three million members of staff across the UK.
That is according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC) - an organisation that represents 6.2 million people in all sectors - which has submitted a document to the administration in response to its proposals to alter the country's employment law.
Under plans mooted by the administration, members of staff will not be able to pursue tribunal claims against an organisation from which they are fired unless they have been there for a minimum of two years.
However, the TUC has criticised this potential measure on the grounds that it would have an adverse effect on the rights of groups such as under-24s and ethnic minorities.
Brendan Barber, general secretary of the TUC, observed: "While everyone wants to see a quicker and more efficient tribunal system, taking away people's rights and pricing vulnerable workers out of the system is the worst possible way to achieve this."
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Posted by Richard Saunders