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TUC warns over employment plans.

Summary: The TUC is warning that workers' rights will be hit under plans to extend the qualifying period for protection against unfair dismissal.

The employment rights of millions of workers will be hit under Government plans to extend the qualifying period for protection against unfair dismissal, the TUC has warned.

The union organisation said extending the time from one to two years will restrict access to justice and price low-paid workers out of the system.

The TUC said it also opposed plans to introduce fees for workers taking a claim to a tribunal, arguing it would have a disproportionate effect on low-paid employees.

Young people, ethnic minorities and part-time women workers would be most affected by the plans to remove unfair dismissal rights from staff with less than two years' service, according to the TUC.

In its submission to the Government, the TUC said cases could be speeded up by giving more resources to the tribunal system, improving the enforcement of multiple pay claims and extending a pre-claim conciliation service offered by Acas.

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