No redundancy pay for Woolies’ Channel Islands staff

Most people probably don’t realise that a lot of UK employment law doesn’t apply in the Channel Islands. I only know because I did a couple of projects over there. There is a lot less employment legislation than on the mainland.  In my admittedly anecdotal experience, the lack of legislation did not seem to make firms more efficient or more willing to tackle performance issues but that’s a discussion for another post.

I suspect many of the Woolworths staff over there didn’t realise either. They have just been told that they won’t get statutory redundancy payments and they are not happy.  They are demanding a change in the law to give them the same rights as in the UK.

Employment laws, eh? They’re a real pain in the backside until the day you need them yourself.

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2 Responses to No redundancy pay for Woolies’ Channel Islands staff

  1. Jo says:

    It’s a good point. We have to decide where costs are borne. Either businesses have to pay higher taxes and fund proper training and employment funds, or they have to pay more and we fund them.

    Current laws depend on some expectation that businesses last forever (dream of feudal overlords) and that ordinary people are expendable just doesn’t wash anymore. IM not so HO.

  2. jameshigham says:

    Then again, the Channel Islanders have wanted their own structure for a long time.

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