New assault on workers' rights

Submitted by Matthew on 1 December, 2011 - 1:57

On 23 November the Tory-Lib-Dem government announced an assault on employment rights.

• You won’t be able to claim unfair dismissal until you’ve been in a job two years (present limit: one year)

• You’ll have to pay to go to an employment tribunal

• The law may allow workers to be sacked without redress in places with fewer than ten employees, and everywhere allow employers to threaten workers, and push them halfway out of the door, in a “protected conversation”, without any comeback.

• The compulsory consultation time for redundancies may be reduced from 90 days to 30 days.

The Government is working on the “never waste a crisis” philosophy.

It thinks that now, when many workers find it hard to look beyond keeping their jobs and getting by, is a good time to bring in changes which will stick during any subsequent economic recovery.