A report commissioned by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and leaked yesterday by the Daily Telegraph argues that the right to unfair dismissal should be scrapped as many employees "coast along" with practical immunity. What an absurd observation.
Time and again this Government has argued that removing workers rights will lead to a more flexible economy, and ultimately lead to growth. What the Government doesn’t seem to understand is that the UK needs a stable and secure jobs market for a highly skilled workforce in order to prosper - that is the only way we will be able to compete in a global market and not something that comes about by a return to cheap throw-away labour.
The report prepared by Adrian Beecroft, a venture capitalist and Conservative Party donor, comes on the back of George Osborne's announcement at Conservative Party Conference in September that the qualifying period for unfair dismissal is to rise from 12 months to 2 years.(read our reaction here)
If the Tory-led Government's plans to remove workers rights are realised the only outcome will be a further increase in the gap between rich and poor and a failing economy. One only needs to look at the Germany economy and the economies of the Far East to understand that investment in hi-tech industry and highly skilled jobs, which means investment in workers, is key to economic growth.
The only thing David Cameron should do with this report is to throw it in the bin.