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Government slashes workers' rights on redundancy consultation

Alan Whitehead MP has slammed the Conservative Government’s underhanded sneaking in of measures to halve the time employers are required to consult before making large-scale redundancies.

Alan Whitehead MP has slammed the Conservative Government’s underhanded sneaking in of measures to halve the time employers are required to consult before making large-scale redundancies.

The Government last night pushed through proposals to cut the statutory consultation period for employers seeking to make over 100 workers redundant from 90 days to 45 days.

Amendments to the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (Amendment) Order 2013 were debated in a delegated legislation committee in Parliament last night, away from the Commons and while the national media was focused on the fallout of the Leveson proposals.

Dr Whitehead was present at the delegated legislation committee and voted against the proposals.

Dr Whitehead said:

“This dogmatic reduction of workers’ rights won’t make our economy any more productive, but will increase insecurity for sectors already under pressure from the downturn. The Conservatives have pushed this through in the most cowardly, underhanded means possible and I’ll continue to call for these changes to be properly scrutinised.”

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