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Many company directors are taking advantage of their workers during the recession by expecting them to make sacrifices, it has been claimed.

Director at the Institute of Employment Rights (IER) Carolyn Jones said the expectation is "outrageous" and should be up to company directors and shareholders to ease the situation.

She continued: "It seems to me that workers are being asked to pay for a crisis that is not of their making

"I think it’s fear and insecurity in society and ‘your money or your job’ seems to be the slogan."

Pay freezes are likewise an inappropriate way of dealing with cashflow problems, Ms Jones believes, instead suggesting that the crisis should be dealt with round a table.

The CBI recently advised that the government is soon to implement an alternative to redundancy (ATR) scheme, which will give companies the choice of whether they make workers redundant or place them on a 12-month programme.

This would mean the employee would not work during that time, but would be paid an ATR allowance equal to twice the rate of Job Seekers Allowance, paid half by government and half by the employer.

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