TUC: “Making it easier to sack people is the last thing we need”

TUC has criticised the government’s plans to reduce the minimum redundancy consultation period and remove the right to redundancy from employees on fixed-term contracts.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber

“The last thing we need is for the government to make it easier to sack people,” TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said. “Unemployment has not gone as high as many feared because employers have worked with unions to save jobs, even if it has meant sharing round fewer hours and less work.”

Mr. Barber warned that the newly announced measures will not create any new jobs. “The idea that an employer will change their mind about taking someone on because the statutory redundancy consultation period has been reduced from 90 to 45 days is close to absurd,” Mr. Barber said. “Removing consultation rights from fixed-term contract staff will seriously increase job and financial insecurity for vulnerable groups of workers, and temporary staff will lose out on redeployment opportunities.”