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.