Argument hots up over lay-offs reviewOn 23 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Employers and unions are at loggerheads following plans byTrade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers to review arrangements affectingcollective redundancies.The review will focus on whether the existing legislation isworking and see if more needs to be done to promote effective consultation withemployees.Byers said, “There are concerns about the way employeesfind out about large scale redundancies and the lack of consultation. I sharethese concerns.” CBI director-general Digby Jones welcomed Byers’ oppositionto the European directive. He said,”At the same time, we are quite prepared to talk about whether we shouldfine tune our domestic redundancy laws, which are already prettydemanding.”But the TUC’s general secretary John Monks thought there wassubstantial room for improvement. He said, “It is far too easy formultinationals to shed their UK workers and unacceptable that employees facingthe sack often hear it first from the media, not their employer.”Robbie Gilbert, chief executive of the Employers’ Forum onStatute and Practice, criticised the Government for the way the review wasannounced and called for widespread consultation. Related posts:No related photos.