date: 5 April 2005
embargo: 00.01hrs Wednesday 6 April 2005
From today (Wednesday) companies and organisations employing more than 150 staff need to have systems in place to allow meaningful dialogue to take place between managers and staff. Welcoming the new Information and Consultation regulations, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
'These new changes from Europe mean that employees now have a right to be told whats going on and a right to be heard. It should put a stop to the bolts from the blue where in the past staff heard their jobs were to be axed via text messages or by listening to the local radio.
'Well-run, successful companies have been informing and consulting with their employees for years. Sensible employers know only too well the competitive edge that comes from helping staff feel more valued and involved in the running of their firm or organisation. Only bad managers who insist on keeping their staff in the dark have anything to fear.
'Information and consultation provides unions with a golden opportunity to increase their presence in workplaces, particularly those where there are union members but where the boss has until now been refusing to engage collectively with staff.'
NOTES TO EDITORS:
To help unions make the most of the new Information and Consultation regulations, the TUC has produced a new guide, written by Mark Hall from Warwick Universitys Industrial Relations Research Unit. TUC Guide to the Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 2004 is available price £4 to unions and voluntary organisations, £8 to other organisations.
To help union reps understand these new regulations, the TUC has produced a CD-ROM which contains a variety of briefing materials, including an introductory video clip from Brendan Barber, a PowerPoint presentation as well as a full briefing document. To obtain a copy please contact Hind on 020 7467 1361 or email email@example.com
- All TUC press releases can be found at www.tuc.org.uk
- Register for the TUC's press extranet: a service exclusive to journalists wanting to access
pre-embargo releases and reports from the TUC. Visit www.tuc.org.uk/pressextranet
- A series of TUC rights leaflets are available on our website and from the know your rights line 0870 600 4 882. Lines are open every day from 9am-9pm. Calls are charged at the national rate.
Liz Chinchen T: 020 7467 1248; M: 07778 158175; E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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