The Shadow Business Secreary, Chuka Umunna
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Umunna: Cable is 'watering down the rights at work'

Business Secretary Vince Cable has proposed a cut in how much workers can claim for unfair dismissal at employment tribunals.

He will consult on plans to cut the limit on compensation payouts to a maximum of 12 months' salary.

He also wants to bring in settlement agreements, in which staff agree to leave without being able to go to a tribunal, but get a pay-off in return.

The Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna said; "What he [Cable] is actually doing with this bill is severly watering down the rights at work of every single employee in this country to be trated in a fair and decent manner".