Monday, May 21, 2012

Cable blasts Tory ‘zealots’ : He attacks plan to axe workers’ rights

Tories planning to change UK employment laws; why ?!!

BUSINESS Secretary Vince Cable is set to stoke a Coalition row by blasting Tory “zealots” who want to axe workers’ rights. ... “Some people think that if labour rights were stripped down, employers would start hiring and the economy would soar again. This is complete nonsense. British workers are an asset, not just a cost.

Posted by doomwatch @ 11:29 AM (1593 views)
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10 thoughts on “Cable blasts Tory ‘zealots’ : He attacks plan to axe workers’ rights

  • And the relationship to HPC is?

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  • No job security no mortgage ?

    This really is vintage ‘nasty party’ ….

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  • mr g – if you accept that cheap and easy credit was a major factor in fuelling house prices to ridiculous levels then the proposals outlined in The Sun would (IMO) lead lenders to be even more cautious on advancing money than at present. I’ve just had a squeaky clean re-mortgage case turned down which suggests the appetite for risk is now pretty much non existant.

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  • @JC

    OK, I’ll accept that explanation.

    With regard to the proposal, it won’t make the slightest difference to the economy but, and I speak from personal experience when I say that employment law is still heavily in favour of the employee.

    If it was as simple as following disciplinary procedures or retraining under performing staff there would be no need for reform. However, with all the politically correct cr*p that’s around, dealing with recalcitrant or incompetent staff becomes a minefield and management in smaller firms simply waste time on such matters which could be better spent actually running the business and contributing to the desired growth.

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  • My comment at 3 should read:

    “With regard to the proposal, it won’t make the slightest difference to the economy by encouraging employers to start hiring.”

    However, it will help smaller firms by allowing management to concentrate on the business and not on negotiating a minefield of political correctness which in turn could help growth.

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  • @3/4
    the legislation just protects us proles from arbitary dismissal from those with more power than us.
    Being sacked for no good reason ruins people’s lives for years.
    Protection forces companies to treat their workers in a grown up and mature manner, something they actually benefit from.

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  • mr g…. that depends how far you go. Getting rid of people is already much easier here than in Spain for example and much less costly. I actually agree with a three tier approach with small to SME to multinationals.

    But there are always problems here. Sure you get the marketing guy that doesnt produce but isnt easy to get rid of, but at the other end of the scale you get the employee who has been hard working for years and gets treated very badly, and got rid of for a pittance. I have known both.

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  • Eroding workers rights in difficult times seems to be a recipe for accelerating economic contraction. Those workers get paid wages which translate into other businesses’ incomes. Any savings to employers would not automatically trigger investments in the current petrified climate. This seems like a simple case of pandering to vested interests to me, with the managerial class generally unable to take a wide enough view to see that actually this is not even in their own best interests.
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  • hmm, i recon its a secret plot to slowly replace all the British worker with eastern european ones, and no im not joking.

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