Unions slam cut in consultation time

UNION chiefs in Bolton has slammed the Government after it cut the consultation period for large-scale redundencies from 90 to 45 days.

Bolton Council is planning to axe 500 posts as it strives to make £42 million savings between 2013 and 2015, and the Government has now halved the time which organisations must set aside for consultation when they axe more than 100 jobs.

Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson was accused of making it easier to sack workers after she unveiled the changes, which come into effect from April, but the move won praise from some business leaders.

Currently, firms planning to make at least 100 redundancies have to consult staff, usually through unions, for 90 days.

But the minister said a consultation on the changes had produced “a strong argument” for shortening the 90-day period.

Bolton Council has shed 833 posts over the past two years, all without compulsory redundancies, something one union said was partly due to the consultations.

Matt Kilsby, Bolton Unison chairman, said: “We are able to mitigate redundancies, as far as possible, through negotiation and consultation with our members and the council.

“Cutting the opportunity for employers and unions to explore alternatives and ways to avoid large-scale redundancies is a retrograde step.

“The recession has led to fear in the workplace and the Government is adding to those fears by cutting short the opportunity for meaningful talks to take place.”

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11:02am Thu 27 Dec 12

ianbob says...

As a worker who will be relying on the union when the company i work for starts consultation in January i would be really worried if they only had 45days to consult in when there are so many of us working here
As a worker who will be relying on the union when the company i work for starts consultation in January i would be really worried if they only had 45days to consult in when there are so many of us working here ianbob
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11:13am Thu 27 Dec 12

oftbewildered2 says...

who did the Government consult with? Employers - or employees and Unions? 90 days is cutting it fine if there are large scale redundancies.
who did the Government consult with? Employers - or employees and Unions? 90 days is cutting it fine if there are large scale redundancies. oftbewildered2
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1:06pm Thu 27 Dec 12

berushka says...

No, the time is plenty at 45 days - forty days to make sure the union reps get the best deal and the remaining five days to screw the membership. That's the usual routine, isn't it? The recession, mien brother Kilsby, is a direct result of the unions and brown brigades' inept ability to do anything other than for themselves. Time to do what the dues are paid for, and negotiate for the workers, not for your greedy selves.
No, the time is plenty at 45 days - forty days to make sure the union reps get the best deal and the remaining five days to screw the membership. That's the usual routine, isn't it? The recession, mien brother Kilsby, is a direct result of the unions and brown brigades' inept ability to do anything other than for themselves. Time to do what the dues are paid for, and negotiate for the workers, not for your greedy selves. berushka
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