The FT reports that the Government is coming under pressure from right-wing Conservative MPs to deliver free market reforms to help boost growth. Boris Johnson has urged the Coalition to slash red tape, and introduce a new London airport and more house building. Nadhim Zahawi says he wants a more flexible labour market to unlock business growth. While Elizabeth Truss has called for an aviation bill and employment reforms to exempt small companies from unfair dismissal claims.
This article in the FT shows how far we will go to provide a stable economy, even down to exempting small companies from unfair dismissal. So all that our previous politicians fought for to give workers, their rights goes by the board when this country starts to feel the pinch!
It is not the man or woman who goes off to their grueling 7 or as in the case of some l have met 14 hour days, to earn a crust, that want to change the rules! This is the so-called middle class that in the last 20 years have gained that foothold on the ladder of success and gained so-called respectability, in the workplace.
As Wikipedia so rightly puts it about the past:
In England 1833, a law was passed saying that any child under the age of 9 could not work, children age 9-13 could only work 8 hours a day, and children aged 14–18 could only work 12 hours a day.
Did we not get past this type of law that allowed children up chimneys in the Victorian Times and allowed them to work only 8 hours! We call that a days work now and what of the days of the common market, remember that time when people joined,with wide expectations of future jobs, welfare, equal-rights and fairness among the masses! It all turned into a ” gravy train” for all those that climbed aboard!
So now this government minister asks for employment reforms and exemption for small companies from unfair dismissal! Well we all can gather from this type of statement,what this means! The implementation of such change will lead to people being sacked when ever we have a downturn in the economy! Then re-employed when things pick up on a different contract,with lower wages or the like! Maybe we all should doff our cap each time we see a person who is one of our so-called illustrious leaders,as well!
Not me l say! These laws maybe weak and have many loop holes but they protect the very life-blood of this country and in fact the world! Every man, woman and child has a right to be protected at work, given a decent working wage and treated fairly by their employers!
Any reform that starts with exempting companies from their duty is in my opinion tantamount to negligent, provable by law at present but given this type of reform, not for much longer!
- Columnists: Ask Debs, Advice for the over 50s (walesonline.co.uk)
- Putting a price on employment rights (idseye.com)
- Call for ‘frivolous’ dismissal rethink (theage.com.au)
- Changes to employment tribunals benefit small business employers (premierlinedirect.co.uk)