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George Osborne plans hire and fire at will

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George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, is said to be considering reviving controversial plans to make it easier for employers to "hire and fire" workers at will to be announced in next month’s Budget on 21 March 2012. 

The proposals would affect the 3 million people nationally who are employed by companies with 10 or less employees.

The Chancellor is under pressure from Conservative MPs to relax employment protection laws and produce a pro-business budget.

Mr Osborne's plans are reported to have received strong opposition from the Liberal Democrats and union leaders, and produced fresh tensions in the Coalition.

Source: George Osborne revives divisive plan to let bosses 'hire and fire at will', Independent, 23 February 2012

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