The Government has been called upon to reduce the qualifying period for statutory redundancy pay (SRP) by the Trade Union Congress (TUC.) Currently, employees aged 16 or over have to work for two years for the same employer until they are entitled to SRP, meaning the youngest age workers can benefit from redundancy pay is 18. The TUC believes the qualifying period should be reduced to 12 months - a step which it says could benefit more than 20 million employees across the UK. More than three million employees would be entitled to SRP for the first time under the proposed system, while a further 17 million would see their existing entitlement increased. Brendan Barber, general secretary of the TUC, said that in light or rising unemployment, people who find themselves out of work need all the help they can get with redundancy pay, retraining and personal advice. "Many decent employers, especially those that recognise unions, already offer their staff more generous redundancy packages than the statutory entitlement," he added. The £350 SRP limit should also change, said the TUC, rising to £500 a week to ensure employees are properly compensated when they lose their jobs.
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