Joint statement by Acas, CBI and TUC on redundancies

Acas, CBI and TUC have made an unusual joint statement to help businesses and workers deal with the impact of possible redundancies as a result of Covid-19.

They call on all employers considering redundancies to work with trade unions and employees and get the process right by following these five principles:

  • Do it openly: there are rules for collective redundancies (those involving 20 or more staff), but whatever the scale, the sooner people understand the situation, the better for everyone.

  • Do it thoroughly: to understand what’s happening people need information and guidance. Have you trained your staff representatives in how it all works?

  • Do it genuinely: consultation means hearing people’s views before you make a decision; so be open to alternatives from individuals and/or unions; and always feed back.

  • Do it fairly: all aspects of your redundancy procedure should be conducted fairly and without any form of discrimination.

  • Do it with dignity: losing your job has a human as a well as a business cost. The way you let people go says a lot about your organisation’s values. Think about how you will handle the conversation – whether its face-to-face or remote. And remember, you may want to rehire the same person in the future.