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Welcome to my blog. My pen name is Eva James. I'm an aspiring writer paying the bills working as a legal secretary. Relentlessly bullied by my former boss, I looked for another job but the recession hit. Feeling trapped, I recorded everything in this blog, which serves as a revealing insight into workplace bullying. WEEK 1 starts the story and, as the weeks progress, you'll note what starts as banter soon spirals out of control. Sadly, it's all true. Whilst along the way I've found alternative employment, my passion for blogging about workplace bullying remains. Trevor Griffiths, legendary theatre, TV and film writer said at the outset, "I like the writing a lot: smart, cool, placed. If you were prepared/able to take your prick of a boss on, you'd marmelise him."

Saturday, 3 December 2011

WEEK 203 Riot Act

In the last couple of weeks you can’t fail to have noticed Vince Cable’s latest attack on employment rights.

James Chapman wrote in the Daily Mail on Wednesday:

‘Emergency measures to kick-start Britain’s faltering economic recovery by reining in a £1 billion a year employment tribunal bonanza will be unveiled today’.

Vince Cable, it was announced, plans to cut the number of Tribunal claims by a quarter – by making sackings easier, allowing firms to ‘read the riot act’ to underperforming staff and even remove rights to a Tribunal hearing altogether.

Allowing bosses to ‘read the riot act’ is surely giving carte blanche to companies to bully staff. But, of course, it’s all played up under the guise of helping our poor UK businesses recover. Vince Cable would have us believe it’s the employees and their employment rights causing all the problems. If it weren’t for this, business would be booming. Legal actions, causing distraction and wasting time and money, would be a thing of the past.

But would it?

No. Commercial litigation is booming! Businesses are well used to defending themselves in Court on corporate matters. They’re issuing statutory demands, summonses and countersuing. Then there are the lawyers that find the tax loopholes and disputes about VAT. Nobody in business wants to be seen to be taken for a ride. Nobody in business wants to pay a penny to someone they don’t have to.

Blaming employees isn’t going to make a scrap of difference apart from reinforcing the ‘them and us’ dynamic that’s so harmful to business. Business is having a tough time, but creating an imaginary, diversionary enemy of the UK workforce is hardly going to help matters.

As for Vince Cable’s ‘riot act’ – I wish his boss would read him one.

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