Government Shares for Rights proposal is Beecroft by the back door

Surprise, surprise. Yet again, this Tory -led Government have brought forward legislation which seeks to water down your rights at work, this time through their “shares for rights” proposals. The Government just don’t get it. As Justin King, Chief Executive of Sainsbury’s said of the scheme: “The population at large don’t trust business. What do you think the population at large will think of businesses that want to trade employment rights for money?”

 

The Government have already altered the qualifying period for unfair dismissal from 1 to 2 years and with the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, which has now concluded its passage through the House of Commons, introduces changes which will make it easier for rogue employers to exploit people in work. All of these changes combined can be described as an ideological attack on employee rights that delivers by the back door the measures in the widely-criticised Beecroft Report which they claim not to be taking forward. These changes, brought forward without a shred of evidence, have the potential to spawn a new industry of litigation. We opposed these measures not just because they were bad for workers but because they are bad for business too. Read More…