Scrapping unfair dismissal will do nothing to boost the economy, says TUC
Responding to a government call for evidence published on Thursday which says that unfair dismissal laws are preventing small companies from taking on staff and could be replaced by 'no fault compensated dismissal', TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
'Scrapping protection against unfair dismissal, even for people who have given years of loyal service, will do absolutely nothing to boost the economy. If people are constantly in fear of losing their jobs it will lead to even less consumer spending.
'Losing your job is one of the worst things that can happen to anyone, especially when unemployment is so high. Employees should only be dismissed for fair reasons, as set out in current laws. The clue is in the name - unfair dismissal.
'Employers already have powers to make fair dismissals for misconduct or poor performance. Giving bosses the right to act unfairly may go down well on the backbenches, but it will horrify employees.
March 16, 2012