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TUC: government's employment law plans a mixed bag

TUC: government's employment law plans a mixed bag

Recent plans unveiled by the government that will see the UK's employment law system amended represented something of a mixed bag.

That is the opinion of Brendan Barber, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, who believes that the proposals outlined by George Osborne last week (May 11th) had some positive aspects and some negative.

During a speech given at the Institute of Directors' Annual Convention, the chancellor suggested the Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance will be analysing areas of legislation such as compensation awards after employment tribunals and the Transfer Undertakings Protection of Employment Regulations.

Yet while Mr Barber applauded the coalition's decision to try to extend the right to flexible working in the near future, he added that other potential alterations - such as those to damages awards - were worrying.

"It is right that people who have lost out through the unfair practices of their employer receive proper compensation," he insisted.

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Posted by Daniel Stevens