27 October 2011
Govt 'must not change unfair dismissal laws'
Proposals put forward in a leaked report commissioned by the government regarding potential reforms to unfair dismissal legislation would not benefit the economy.
That is according to Brendan Barber - general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), a body with more than six million members - who has criticised ideas put to the Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance by venture capitalist Adrian Beecroft.
Mr Beecroft's paper - which was conducted on the wishes of David Cameron - suggested that companies should be able to fire any staff they deem to be unproductive without offering any reasons.
This, he stated, would give businesses more confidence to drive the recovery through job creation and recruitment.
However, Mr Barber has dismissed this notion and insisted it would "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," he added.
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Posted by Francesca Witney