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April, 2013:

UCU South West Region Facebook Page Launched








UCU South West Region launches new Facebook Page. If you are a member of UCU or like the work that we do then “like”

120,000 of your colleagues and friends already DO.

Employment Rights Weakened… Again.

There have been a number of changes brought in by the coalition government recently which have served to weaken established employement rights. Last April changes were brought in to lengthen the period you must be employed to have the right not to be unfairly dismissed from one to two years. As many of you will know the government has again been busy making plans to change employment law. The changes come into effect on different dates, and some are unconfirmed as yet but on 6 April 2013 this change will take effect:

After 6 April there will be a reduction in the minimum consultation period where an employer proposes 100 or more redundancies at one establishment within 90 days. The minimum consultation period falls from 90 to 45 days. The change in the length of the consultation period means that you can be made redundant more quickly and talks with a union have less time to mitigate or avoid the consequences of the redundancy process.

So there has never been a better time or a more urgent need for employees to take advantage of the collective strength of a union.

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