New policy will erode workers’ rights, says MP

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A NEW government policy will erode workers’ rights in exchange for being offered shares in a company, a Bolton MP has claimed.

Labour MP Julie Hilling claims under new employment status, staff will lose protection against unfair dismissal, the right to request flexible working and time for training, statutory redundancy pay and will have to give a longer notice period when returning from maternity or adoption leave.

Despite claiming the scheme will be “voluntary”, she says it is still unclear whether posts will be advertised as being available only under the new status, and says it raises fears unemployed people could be forced to take a job which sees them lose rights at work or stand to lose Jobseekers Allowance.

The government said the new employment contract will be introduced in April and added the move would give staff “a stake in their firms’ future success” and give companies “greater choice” about the contracts they can offer.

Ms Hilling, who voted against the policy in the Commons, said: “The consequences of this are very serious.

“Slashing people’s rights at work is wrong and will donothing to help jobs and growth.”

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1:20pm Fri 4 Jan 13

berushka says...

Is there anything this woman actually likes in Parliament? If she continues to deride everything the Government is trying to do to get Britain back on its' feet after her beloved party destroyed just about everything, then we will stay as we are for ever. Try to work for the whole of the country Hilling, and not just to get your name in the Bolton newspaper, which seems to have a thing about you, as they report every little thing you say or do.
Is there anything this woman actually likes in Parliament? If she continues to deride everything the Government is trying to do to get Britain back on its' feet after her beloved party destroyed just about everything, then we will stay as we are for ever. Try to work for the whole of the country Hilling, and not just to get your name in the Bolton newspaper, which seems to have a thing about you, as they report every little thing you say or do. berushka
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6:53pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Rocket_Scientist says...

Excuse me but what has this got to do with the price of fish Ms Hilling? Is it open season for making it look like you MP's give a flying f about us anyway. Let the unions worry about workers rights, your job is to represent the people who elected you. Whoever is to blame for this mess we are in, and god knows all parties have contributed, it won't be sorted out arguing and throwing crap at each other. Can I please vote for 'none of the above' party
Excuse me but what has this got to do with the price of fish Ms Hilling? Is it open season for making it look like you MP's give a flying f about us anyway. Let the unions worry about workers rights, your job is to represent the people who elected you. Whoever is to blame for this mess we are in, and god knows all parties have contributed, it won't be sorted out arguing and throwing crap at each other. Can I please vote for 'none of the above' party Rocket_Scientist
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11:23am Mon 7 Jan 13

berushka says...

Rocket_Scientist wrote:
Excuse me but what has this got to do with the price of fish Ms Hilling? Is it open season for making it look like you MP's give a flying f about us anyway. Let the unions worry about workers rights, your job is to represent the people who elected you. Whoever is to blame for this mess we are in, and god knows all parties have contributed, it won't be sorted out arguing and throwing crap at each other. Can I please vote for 'none of the above' party
Well said! Remember Mr Cameron said Bolton is vital for the Conservatives to win the next election. I say just let Ms Hilling continue to voice her silly opinions, and she will do the job for him!
[quote][p][bold]Rocket_Scientist[/bold] wrote: Excuse me but what has this got to do with the price of fish Ms Hilling? Is it open season for making it look like you MP's give a flying f about us anyway. Let the unions worry about workers rights, your job is to represent the people who elected you. Whoever is to blame for this mess we are in, and god knows all parties have contributed, it won't be sorted out arguing and throwing crap at each other. Can I please vote for 'none of the above' party[/p][/quote]Well said! Remember Mr Cameron said Bolton is vital for the Conservatives to win the next election. I say just let Ms Hilling continue to voice her silly opinions, and she will do the job for him! berushka
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