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CCHQ brag about removing employment rights.

I arrived at my desk this morning with a very much-needed cup of tea as I proceeded to go through the daily ritual of checking my email inbox. This is usually a pretty uneventful process, but today I felt the need to use the mug to smash my screen into small pieces.

It seems I’ve ended up on an internal Conservative HQ email list for some reason, apparently I share a name, and thus a similar email address, with one of my Tory counterparts.

The offending email is titled ‘Business groups welcome Employers Charter’, and is urging the reader to spread the good word about all the government is doing for employers.

This angered me greatly. The fight for employers rights inevitably involves removing them from, you know, the real people that they employ. But when fighting the corner of corporate entities it’s obviously clear who the enemy is.

The email is referring to the governments decision to remove rights to claim unfair dismissal for the first 2 years of employment.

Apparently denying workers the right to challenge unfair treatment is a ‘barrier to growth’ as the Prime Minister is quoted saying;

Today’s announcements on reforms to employment law are among the first conclusions of our Government-wide growth review, and highlight our determination to ensure that employment law is no longer seen as a barrier to growth

So basically, as the economy sinks back into decline, a priority for the Conservatives is to make sure you’re employer of 23 months can get up in the morning, sack you just for the hell of it, and face no legal consequences for doing so.

I don’t think anyone reading this will be surprised at the thought of Conservatives putting private profits before individuals rights, but I also feel this is a very important issue that is getting drowned out by the deluge of horrific news stories at the moment.

A persons right to seek legal redress against an employer for unfair treatment is central to good employment right’s, and one that should be protected at all costs. It’s removal is an open goal for those eager to show the people of Britain whose side this government is on.

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  1. Barney Stannard
    January 28, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I suppose you haven’t considered the idea that they may actually believe that those rights cause unemployment and depress incomes? Now whether these rights do have that effect or not I don’t know. I don’t think so, but I can’t pretend I have extensive empirical evidence to support that belief. Do you?

    • Mike
      January 29, 2011 at 9:54 pm

      The Government have plenty of empirical evidence stating that removing access to tribunals for a year makes no difference to growth or to companies employing people. The companies themselves have said this. Never mind that the qualification period has swapped between 1 & 2 years like a yo-yo.
      Intellectual dishonesty, Barney. Tsk tsk.

  2. Barney Stannard
    January 30, 2011 at 11:03 am

    If you could provide links to that evidence I would be delighted. As I said I don’t think these rights do cause unemployment; I just don’t pretend to have enough evidence to make an informed judgement. Nor do I know that enough about the evidence possessed by government to make a judgement as to their honest beliefs. I was simply raising the possibility that they may have ‘good’ intentions behind the policy. I was not stating that they do in fact have such intentions.

    And on the ‘intellectual dishonesty…tsk tsk’… don’t try to patronise me. It really isn’t going to work.

  3. January 31, 2011 at 12:12 am

    it goes very nicely with the government removing employment as one of the areas in which law centres can provide free legal assistance. they may have good intentions behind that policy too for all i know – but i’m prepared to take it on trust that they are still the same bunch of evil bastards trying to screw more out of the workers for less money; just like they always have.

  4. Martin Marprelate
    January 31, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Well that has lost them any chance of my vote at the next General Election if this comes into Law. I cannot see how sacking without just cause someone who has worked for 23 months and putting them on the Dole can help either a Business, the State, or most of all the Employee. Yes their job may then be taken by someone else who is unemployed (although that is not always the case as more people go from job to job than from the JSA to employment) but where is the gain in that? A skilled employee loses their job and if they have dependents such as children may then claim Benefits as well as the Dole. A loss to the State as not only is it paying them JSA etc but it loses their Income Tax and National Insurance. It will of course get these from the person who fills the vacancy but if they have only changed one employer for another then there will be little or no net gain. Of course there are also the non quantifiable losses of having employees looking over their shoulder and dreading when the second anniversary of their engagement by their employer looms up and the deep psychological trauma of someone losing their job. There are already good laws in force to sack people for Industrial Misconduct and most companies worthy of that name have a 3 or 6 month probationary period when they can get rid of those who don’t make the grade, and Annual Assessments of Employees where someone falling short can be corrected and hopefully become a worthwhile and productive worker. This change to the Employment Protection Qualification Period is a charter for lazy and inept managers who cannot manage.

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