‘From April next year, companies will be able to offer their staff between £2000 and £50,000 in tax-free shares if they, (and here’s the punchline), surrender their rights to claim unfair dismissal, to redundancy pay and to request flexible working and time off for training.’
This, to me, is another example of an administration that just doesn’t get it. i don’t know how we can expect these ultra elite, upper crust society to ever understand what working, saving and struggling actually are. It is a reinforcement that government works for business and nothing else. The general public are viewed as an income source by these people and nothing more.
The held opinion of these wealthy elitists is shown by the fact that they expect everyone to jump at the chance to earn more useless paper wealth by rescinding one of the only things we have left - RIGHTS!
I cannot speak for everybody but can safely say that my rights to the all the things mentioned above, and more, cannot be bought off for a mere £50,000. Furthermore i find the low end of that range offensive. People need to realise that themselves and their skills are worth so much more than that. In fact, i’d hasten to add that no amount of money should be able to buy your god-given rights. Well, you say, at least they can’t force us to take it. We still have a choice right…?
‘New firms could make such contracts compulsory. People working for existing firms could not be forced too sign them - but new recruits could be made to, under legislation to be rushed through Parliament. Workers who give up their employment rights would not be able to change their minds and excercise them in future unless their employer agreed.’
I am at a loss as to how to respond. My jaw is on the floor here. What we are seeing here is a government openly proposing a statute enabling corporations to buy your rights off you which, once sold, will be extremely difficult to get back. Now, this reminds me of a certain biblical/spiritual opus concerning some being named ‘devil’ who craves the souls of the living. Given willingly by people in exchange for monetary/financial affluence, they are no longer the owners of themselves. Dangerous territory i think you’ll agree whether you’re religious/spiritual or not.
It only takes a little research to discover that this proposal is not new by any stretch of the imagination. This idea has already been recommended to Downing St. before by Adrian Beecroft. Ladies and gentlemen, can anybody hazard a guess as to the professions of Adrian…….?
Adrian Beecroft - venture capitalist and CONservative party donor.
If people are still scratching their heads and wondering where it all went wrong in this country, and many others around the world, we need look no further than the scourge of capitalism dictating government policy. What is the primary goal for big business? Making money. Who makes them money? You and i. What are we to them? Revenue, not human beings but revenue.
Mr. Beecroft and his kind wish to make it law that if a company chooses to ‘fire at will’ they will be shielded from any reprocussions such as unfair dismissal claims, (which are a defensive weapon for employees), and continue their exploitation knowing that for a fraction of the price they have bought safe passage through the once rocky ground of keeping their workforce content. The crux being that they are not even offering you hard cash, they’re offering you shares. So if the company goes under or becomes accidentally liquidated on purpose - what do you think you as a worker will be left with…?
Big business and government are bed fellows and they do NOT care about you! This has never been more obvious than in 2012.
The Lib Dems blocked this proposal when it was offered up by Mr. Beecroft but have again performed their favourite maneuver - the 180, the flip-flop, the hypocrite spin, the backwards roll of lies, whatever you want to call it. Nick Clegg now backs the idea due to the fact that it is voluntary and advocates employee share ownership.
1. may i bring your attention back to this Cleggster;
‘New firms could make such contracts compulsory. People working for existing firms could not be forced too sign them - but new recruits could be made to, under legislation to be rushed through Parliament.’ Poor old Nick, somebody give him back his jesters hat.
2. imagine for a second that the company you worked for was ENRON and you shared some of the ownership of that company….? Need i say more…?
When you sell yourselves, rights and all, to big business that has no compassion, no empathy and no feeling please do not be surprised when their once open hand turns into a fist that repeatedly begins to slam you in the face. History warns us and you know how the famous quote goes;
‘Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it’