Private Member’s Bill aims to help staff when firms close down

A Labour MP has launched a bid to protect workers from redundancy and give them more input into decisions made when employers decide to shut down operations or face going into administration.

Jim Cunningham, MP for Coventry South, said his Notification of Redundancy Bill would get workers more involved in decisions.

They were often fourth or fifth down the line when an employer decided to shut a factory or transfer work to another country, he said, citing recent examples of MG Rover in Birmingham and Peugeot in Coventry.

Cunningham said: “This Bill aims to create a level playing field on investment decisions made by companies, in line with their European counterparts.”

The Private Member’s Bill aims to bring the UK into line with minimum EU standards on information and consultation.

However, although it was given an unopposed first reading it has little chance of becoming law due to a lack of parliamentary time.

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