BIS Call for Evidence: TUC Response
There is no case for revising the Acas Code of Practice on Discipline and Grievance at this point in time. Revising the Code could disrupt existing workplace arrangements and create uncertainty for employers, workers and their representatives.
The TUC does not support the adoption of a Small Businesses Dismissal Code similar to that used in Australia. Such a Code would create a two tier dispute resolution system with staff in small or micro businesses being treated less fairly than those in larger organisations. It could also make it more difficult for small firms to attract skilled staff.
The TUC is fundamentally opposed to the introduction of no fault dismissals which would generate a 'hire and fire culture' in the UK.