date: 8 October 2012
embargo: For immediate release
Commenting on new proposals for small businesses in the Chancellor's speech to the Conservative Party conference today (Monday, 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.'
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