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Mon 1 Nov 2010 20:00 BBC Radio 4

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 01 November 2010

Winifred Robinson explores what it means to get sacked.

Is it true that almost nobody gets sacked in the public sector? Are businesses forced to pay incompetent people off rather than sack them? And does the compensation culture really mean that people who deserve to be sacked get thousands of pounds when they take their employers to court?

Winifred sets out to answer all these questions. Along the way she meets businessmen, employment lawyers, trade unionists, and people who have been sacked. She finds out what it means to be sacked, and asks whether as a country we are too casual about the impact of sacking someone - or too cautious. She hears about recent changes to employment law, and asks whether more are needed. And she finds surprising common ground between businesses and trade unionists about the tribunal system.

Producer: Giles Edwards.

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