Unfair Dismissal

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th July 1979.

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Photo of Mr James Prior Mr James Prior , Lowestoft 12:00 am, 24th July 1979

The hon. Gentleman and the whole House know that employers must spend more time in getting on with the job of production and selling. They must produce a standard of discipline and a standard of work that we in this country have not had in the past few years. We must do it in the interests of the country as a whole, with the co-operation of the workers.

Of course any Government, particularly a Government in office at a time of economic difficulty such as we shall experience in Britain in the next two years—[HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."] I suppose that no one has heard of the oil crisis. Any Government must seek the maximum co-operation, and that we shall do. We are putting the order through tonight because we believe that it is a small measure that can help with the provision of extra jobs.

My hon. Friend the Member for Grantham (Mr. Hogg) was abundantly right when he pointed out, with his experience of the law and of advising both employers and workers, that the payments made out of court were damaging to discipline and to the Act—