Think-Tank Call to Axe Job Laws; CAREERS
Byline: SUSAN GRAY
SACKING employees or making them redundant is too difficult, according to economist Warwick Lightfoot.
Speaking for Politeia, a right-wing think-tank, he says legislation on redundancy, unfair dismissal and industrial tribunals makes it expensive for
companies and employees to part.
Lightfoot suggests legislation on
redundancy and unfair dismissal should be swept away, leaving it to individual workers and bosses to hammer out contracts covering what should happen if a job ends.
He says: `It would be up to employers, employees and unions to respond to complete freedom of contract in a way that suits them. Some employ-ers would want to provide generous
He feels complicated rules make employers cautious. Small businesses in particular are reluctant to take on staff, because they have no time to wade through employment regulations and fear becoming embroiled in tribunal hearings.
Lightfoot says funding the likes of
tribunals through taxation is a burden on business and decreases job availability.
He concedes that workers in large companies with contracts negotiated through collective bargaining do well from
employment legislation, but at the cost of `the most vulnerable sections of the workforce'. …