03 April 2012
Unfair dismissal law changes to affect 2.7m workers
Some 2.7 million workers could be at a greater risk of losing their jobs due to changes in unfair dismissal law.
This is according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the group is not happy that the qualifying period for protection is being extended from one to two years from April 6th.
According to the TUC - which represents 6.2 million workers in the UK - younger workers, part-time women workers and employees from black and ethnic communities could all be discriminated against because of the alteration.
General secretary Brendan Barber stated: "The government's proposals to weaken unfair dismissal rights risk generating a 'hire and fire' culture in the UK."
He added an "insecure employment" environment will be created as a result of the move and it could harm the economy in the long-term.
Mr Barber also accused the government of failing to consider legitimate business concerns in taking this decision.
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Posted by Francesca Witney