Ian Murray MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs, commenting on the TUC analysis published today (Thursday) as unions launch the Employee Rights Stop Employment Wrongs campaign, Ian said
“The Government’s failed economic strategy has been blamed on the snow, the Royal wedding, the Eurozone, business owners and now employees. Making it easier to fire rather than hire workers will do nothing for economic growth and this TUC analysis shows that the changes the government is considering would affect 3 million workers and risk creating a two tier workforce which small firms have expressed concerns about.
“They are worried that the changes would make it more difficult to recruit skilled workers who may opt for larger companies with more employee protection. There is also a risk that it would prevent small businesses from growing beyond 10 workers and, therefore, further damaging economic growth.
“The Beecroft ‘fire at will’ proposals are ideologically driven and have no basis in evidence whatsoever, and they carry the danger of further denting already low consumer confidence.”