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Equality legislation U-turn will let bad bosses off the hook

Responding to the government's announcement on Wednesday that it is to repeal sections of the Equality Act, less than two years after the legislation was introduced, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

"Today's U-turns make a mockery of the claim that 'equality is at the heart of this coalition government'.

"Getting rid of third party harassment will make working life even harder for the thousands of care home staff, teachers and health workers who suffer prejudice and abuse from those they are trying to help.

"And taking away the power of tribunals to make recommendations to employers will make it much more difficult to deal with employers who serially bully and discriminate against their staff.

"These changes are in line with wider government plans to weaken employment rights and let bad bosses off the hook. This is no way to create the decent full-time jobs that this country so desperately needs."

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October 11, 2012

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