Mike Gapes MP has signed up to support the TUC Employee rights stop employment wrongs campaign today to help protect local constituents from further attacks on their rights at work.
“I am supporting the Employee rights stop employment wrongs campaign to stop the government using the recession as cover to cut back on employment rights. Making it easier for bad employers to get away with misconduct is not the way to kick-start our economy and will not create a single job. At a time when ordinary workers are already reeling from self-defeating austerity, attacking their employment rights will make these tough times even worse. We won’t be able to secure a sustainable economic recovery without decent new jobs paying a fair wage. Proper employment rights are vital towards achieving this.”
The proposals will make it make it easier for bad employers to mistreat staff, increase job insecurity and hold down wages at a time when people’s incomes are already struggling to keep pace with the rising cost of living.
Labour fought hard to improve this Bill but unfortunately our most important amendments were rejected by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats and I therefore joined with my Labour colleagues in voting against the Bill at Third Reading yesterday.
Since taking office, right-wing MPs have been trying to use the recession as cover to launch an unprecedented attack on basic rights at work.
The Employment rights stop employment wrongs campaign has already stopped many of these attacks in their tracks, from plans to allow bosses to be able to sack staff on a whim to damaging changes to maternity rights that would make it harder for new parents to spend time with their baby.
But further threats to basic employment rights are on the horizon, including:
- The introduction of fees for employment tribunals that could price poor people out of seeking justice against exploitative employers.
- A cap on payouts for unfair dismissal from £72,300 to a year’s pay, which could reduce payouts for both professional and low-paid workers.
- Halving the length of collective redundancy consultation periods, which could restrict the ability of businesses and staff representatives to find alternatives to job losses.
- Weakening of TUPE legislation so staff in public services taken over by private companies could have their pay and pensions cut.
- Abolishing safety inspections in thousands of businesses across the UK.
- New ‘settlement agreements’ that would make it easier to fire employees without going through proper procedures.
Further information about the campaign is available at http://stopemploymentwrongs.org.