Employment laws ‘will give unions too much power’ warns CBI

year’s raft of new employment legislation could destabilise labour relations
and disproportionately bolster the role of trade unions, the CBI has warned.

employer body is worried that new laws, including the EU information and
consultation directive and the Employment Relations Act, could give unions too
much power and influence.

TUC has called for radical reforms of the Employment Relations Act but the CBI
has countered with a business version of its own industrial relations culture
for the future.

Cridland, deputy director-general at the CBI, also dismissed government claims
that the information and consultation laws will boost productivity.

said there was no single set of "off the shelf" HR measures that
could improve company performance.


By Ross Wigham

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