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Ian Murray MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs, commenting on the Government’s proposals to increase the qualifying period for unfair dismissal and remove lay members from unfair dismissal cases being debated in Parliament today, said:

“The Government’s proposals for weakening the right to claim unfair dismissal will only make it easier to fire, rather than hire extra employees. This is the wrong move from a Tory-led Government which is completely out-of-touch.

“Let’s be clear – the reasons that growth has flatlined is not because of the UK’s unfair dismissal regime, it is down to the failed economic policy of this Tory-led Government which is cutting spending and raising taxes too far and too fast.  Attacking the rights of employees is no substitute for the effective growth strategy which the UK badly needs. As part of Labour’s five point plan for jobs and growth, we would give small businesses taking on extra workers a one year National Insurance tax break.

“Labour understands that the employment law needs to work better for both employees and employers and that is why we will work with trade unions, businesses and charities to take forward change that is fair for all.”

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