Angus MP Mike Weir has slammed the decision of the UK government to cut the consultation period for large scale redundancies from 90 to 45 days from April next year as “yet another attack on the rights of employees”.
The change, which would affect the whole of the UK, would affect redundancies of 100 or more workers.
Commenting on the matter Mr Weir said: “At a time when families across Scotland will be looking anxiously to next year for greater economic certainty and growth, the idea that it will become easier to make people redundant will shock many.
“The 90-day period is designed to ensure that all possible alternatives to redundancy can be properly explored - reducing that period by half will restrict abilities to redeploy people or look at other employment opportunities.
“This is a strong illustration of how the UK government is imposing bad policies that the people of Scotland do not want, and that we can do things differently, fairer and better with the powers of independence.
“In Scotland, the SNP Government offers a number of programmes designed to help employees caught up in large-scale redundancies, such as the Partnership for Continuing Employment.
“These need time to work, and by slashing the time in half in this way, people in Scotland could be losing out on vital support.
“The bizarre claim from the Lib Dem minister Jo Swinson that this measure is aimed at helping workers epitomises the ‘scrooge’ attitude at the heart of the Westminster Government.”