Unfair dismissal changes bad news for workers

by Gemma Roskell

Plans to extend the period of protection against unfair dismissal claims from one year to two will create problems for workers, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has warned.

According to the group, around three million workers will need to seek employment law advice in such circumstances, but may not be able to pursue their claims.

"While everyone wants to see a quicker and more efficient tribunal system, taking away people's rights and pricing vulnerable workers out of the system is the worst possible way to achieve this," explained TUC general secretary Brendan Barber.

He added that female and part-time employees are likely to be most affected by the proposals, as they could give rise to more discrimination claims.

Earlier this month, the TUC expressed its fears that youth unemployment could reach a record high if efforts are not made to create jobs over the coming months.

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Published on: April 19, 2011

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