The union group, TUC, has warned that over 2.7 million workers face an increased risk of losing their jobs when the government introduce an increase in the qualifying period for protection from unfair dismissal.
On Friday (April 6th 2012), a change in employment law will see the qualifying period for unfair dismissal increase from one year to two, and the TUC fear that such a change will also increase job insecurity, discriminate against younger worker, part-time women workers and employment from black and ethnic communities.
The union group, have also voiced concerns that the change in law will encourage more of a “hire and fire” culture, with the TUC’s general secretary, Brendan Barber, saying: “The Government’s proposals to weaken unfair dismissal rights risk generating a hire-and-fire culture in the UK and will lead to the creation of insecure employment which is here today and gone tomorrow.
“Cutting back on protection against unfair dismissal will do nothing to boost the economy. If people are constantly in fear of losing their jobs it will lead to even less consumer spending, and losing your job is one of the worst things that can happen to anyone, especially when unemployment is so high.
“Businesses have told the Government that above all they need the economy to be growing and the banks to get lending again. The Government appears to be reacting to pressure from backbench Conservative MPs rather than actual business concerns.”
The group have also argued that there was no evidence of shorter qualifying periods leading to job losses or constrained recruitment, pointing out that since 1999 when the qualifying period was last reduced from two years to one, more than 1.7 million extra jobs have been created.