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05 February 2002

New LRD guide to redundancy law
Many thousands of jobs were lost last year as a result of the events of 11 September. But even before that redundancies were rising and job losses look set to continue at even higher levels during 2002. Workers in a wide range of sectors are being affected, which makes it is essential for union reps to have a good understanding of the law on redundancy.

The latest booklet from LRD Redundancy Law - a trade unionist's guide is a completely updated guide to redundancy law, taking account of changes to consultation rights, as well as developments in case law.

Employers now have a duty to consult union reps where the union is recognised, and there are improved rights for "appropriate representatives" for take time off and for training. The booklet fully explains employers' obligations to consult representatives and individuals.

The law relating to selecting employees for redundancy and offers of alternative work is described, using examples from case law. Rights to statutory redundancy pay are also clearly set out. In addition the booklet provides examples of redundancy agreements, taken from an LRD survey, showing how negotiations can improve on statutory minimum provisions for notice, consultation and redundancy pay.

Notes to editors:

1. Redundancy Law - a trade unionist's guide is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?3.95 or ?10 for employers/commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?28.50 (?72.75 for employers/ commercial organisations). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets each year.

2. The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded 90 years ago. More than 1,800 trade union organisations, including 55 national unions, representing 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.

3. For press enquiries on this booklet contact Sonia McKay (020 7902 9827). For general enquiries about LRD booklets contact the editor, Tessa Wright, on 020 7902 9817. To order copies of the booklet telephone 020 7928 3649.

4. Full information about all of LRD's services and publications is available on the recently redesigned LRD website at www.lrd.org.uk.

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