Warning that business Bill could be 'bad bosses' charter


Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards has warned that the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, to be discussed in Westminster on Monday, could become a ‘bad bosses’ charter’ if it limits employee rights and herald a return to Victorian workhouse values.

He fears that the Con-Dem UK Government will add parts of the controversial Beecroft Review to the Bill as it goes through Parliament.

The recommendations of the review by a Conservative Party donor include a ‘no fault dismissal’ clause and lowering the notice for firms to give when making redundancies. 

Mr Edwards also said that Plaid would look to strengthen sections of the Bill on directors’ pay and bonuses, including a maximum wage and employees’ representatives to be included on remuneration committees. 

Speaking ahead of the second reading in the House of Commons, Mr Edwards said:

“My fear with this Bill is that many of the recommendations of the highly controversial Beecroft Review will be added as it goes through Parliament.

“There is the potential that this will quickly become a ‘Bad Bosses Charter’ if the Con-Dems support ‘no fault dismissal’ clauses and lowering the amount of notice that firms must give before making redundancies.

“Creating a working environment where employees are always worried for their jobs is not a flexible employment market, it’s a return to Victorian workhouse values where hiring and firing can be done on a whim.

“But these are the sort of proposals that you’d expect from a Conservative Party donor.

“Plaid Cymru will fight the introduction of any of these proposals through the back door in this Bill as we support an environment where staff feel that they are an integral part of the business.

“We will also look to strengthen parts of the Bill about directors’ pay and bonuses, although even the Con-Dems’ weak proposals are better than anything that Labour did in their thirteen years in power.

“Plaid will put forward proposals for a maximum wage to stop pay deals which reward failure and for employees to be members of any remuneration committee so that staff perspective is taken into consideration.”