Charities 'are afraid to sack people'

Charities get embroiled in a high number of employment tribunals partly because they are afraid to sack people, according to the chief executive of the Directory of Social Change.

Debra Allcock Tyler said that bad behaviour or underperformance that would not be tolerated in the private sector sometimes gets ignored in the voluntary sector.

"Either we're afraid to sack people because of an irrational fear of repercussions, or we think that as charities we have to put up with it because we are kind and caring," she said.

Her comments came ahead of a debate hosted by the DSC and law firm Bates Wells & Braithwaite on 23 October in London on whether charity workers bring more tribunal claims.

Allcock Tyler will be joined on the panel by Mike Short, national officer for the community and voluntary sector at trade union Unison, Henny Braund, director of resources at homelessness charity Shelter, and William Garnett, partner and head of employment at Bates Wells & Braithwaite.

For more information on the conference, click here.

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