Unions brand employment rules changes ‘Dickensian’

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ONE in five North East workers will become “second-class citizens” under proposed working practice changes, unions claimed today.

The Employee Rights Stop Employment Wrongs campaign has been launched in response to plans to reform laws regarding dismissal, put forward by venture capitalist Adrian Beecroft as requested by the Coalition Government.

Northern TUC regional secretary Kevin Rowan said: “Beecroft’s Dickensian proposals are yet another low-blow for those who have managed to hold on to their jobs – so far – in such precarious economic circumstances.

“Our national campaign, launched today, is about moving forward, not backwards, and making one in five of our region’s workers second-class citizens.

“It is complete anathema to propose equal pay, pensions, child labour laws, flexible parental leave and gangmaster licensing should ever be optional, regardless of the size of the employer.

“I urge everyone to support the TUC campaign and enlighten Lord Beecroft as to the detrimental and damaging nature of his suggestions for employers, employees and the economy as a whole.

“You don’t increase the quantity of employment by reducing the quality of employment rights.”

Mr Rowan added: “Our message today is don’t turn the clock back on workplace rights.

“This is a campaign we can win.”