Unions have criticised the speech made today by Chancellor George Osborne. Commenting on new proposals for small businesses TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “We deplore any attack on maternity provision or protection against unfair dismissal, …

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Unions have criticised the speech made today by Chancellor George Osborne.

Commenting on new proposals for small businesses TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “We deplore any attack on maternity provision or protection against unfair dismissal, but these complex proposals do not look as if they will have very much impact as few small businesses will want to tie themselves up in the tangle of red tape necessary to trigger these exemptions.

“This looks more to be said for effect, than because it will make much difference, but we will be vigilant to ensure that they do not represent the thin end of a future anti-employee wedge driven by the Beecroft report.”

GMB general secretary Paul Kenny said: “Now we see George Osborne, the man who is giving a £40,000 windfall to each of the millionaire elite, announcing more attacks on the least well off in our society and on worker’s rights.

“Slashing people’s employment rights under the guise of ownership schemes won’t create jobs and it won’t create growth. His attempts to dupe the electorate that he knows what he is doing have been rumbled. George Osborne has as much knowledge about economics as a stick of rhubarb.

“George Osborne’s claims to protect public services are laughable. Billions of pounds of cuts mean growing NHS waiting lists, job losses and those who deliver our services being asked to do more for less every single day.”


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