THE Third Way Think-Tank is dedicated to creating a society based on Justice, Community and Individual freedom against one that is based on Greed, Globalisation and Tyranny.
We also support organisations that promote these ideals in other areas. Two of these British-based organisations are the National Liberal Party and Solidarity Trade Union.
Both have recently taken a stand against the news that Con-Dem government which is seeking to change employment law, providing more flexibility to employers to hire and fire staff.
According to recent reports, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will conduct a comprehensive review of employment laws. Changes may include an extension to the qualifying period for unfair dismissal cases.
At the moment, employees have to be with a company for 12 months before they can lodge an unfair dismissal claim. It has been suggested that this period might be doubled to two years.
Employees may also be forced to make a refundable payment when making a claim.
The National Liberal Party has labeled these as “outrageous proposals” and says that it will “support any campaign designed to resist their implementation.”
The NLP also believes that the Liberal Democrats, being the minor partner in the coalition government, are now being ignored. They also claim that Nick Clegg and his fellow Liberal Democrat ministers “have lost their progressive zeal and now are becoming hard to distinguish from their Tory allies. Shame on them!”
Solidarity Trade Union claim that the new proposals represent a “Tory ideological aversion (with Lib Dem support) to employee rights.”
The union feels it will lead to many workers being dismissed unfairly – with the workers being powerless to challenge this decision. (Surely a capitalist dream!) Solidarity wonders if this is a way of the government (especially Cameron’s Tories) of “paying back their big-business backers post election.”
The union has launched a petition in support of retaining existing employment rights. Sign it here.